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Spring Hill Fire Rescue Board asks Hernando County to extend property tax agreement

SPRING HILL — The Spring Hill Fire Rescue Board of Fire Commissioners will ask the County Commission on Tuesday to extend an agreement for property tax collections until the district can set up its own taxing authority.

In a Feb. 11 letter addressed to County Commission Chairman Jim Adkins, district Chief Mike Rampino requested that the county continue to collect taxes at a rate not to exceed 2.5 mills to fund district operations.

Rampino said doing so would save taxpayers the cost of a special election. In a referendum last August, Spring Hill voters voted against granting the district its own taxing authority. Since then, fire commissioners have bandied about what to do to ensure the district gets adequate funding.

Rampino said Wednesday that although a detailed agreement between attorneys for the county and district has yet to be worked out, he hoped that the commission's approval of the measure would help pave the way for more talks.

"We're requesting one more year," Rampino said. "Obviously, there are going to be more steps in the process, but the Fire Commission is solid on the issue. Everyone agrees we need to move forward as soon as possible."

Logan Neill can be reached at (352) 848-1435 or lneill@sptimes.com.

Spring Hill Fire Rescue Board asks Hernando County to extend property tax agreement 02/16/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 7:49pm]
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