Get informed on fire district vote
In the mail, Spring Hill residents have or will be receiving fliers with information about an important decision in the upcoming primary election. One item on the ballot is asking you to vote on the taxing authority for the Spring Hill Fire Rescue Independent District. I hope you make an informed decision to vote "yes,'' which will allow the Spring Hill Fire District to continue to be independent and free of county control.
Two years ago, taxpayers voted to keep Spring Hill Fire out of the control of the Hernando County government. This taxing question should have been part of that vote on the ballot in 2008 but was not included. Currently, Hernando County commissioners have the final say on any taxing decisions for the Spring Hill Fire District.
County ordinance related to taxation for Spring Hill Fire has a cap of 2.75 mills. The state legislation creating the Spring Hill Independent District has a cap of 2.5 mills. A "yes'' vote ensures the taxing authority is turned over to the Spring Hill Fire Independent District and the state-created legislation will remain in effect. The only way to ensure that your voice will be heard and that the Fire Department remains independent from the county is for you to vote ''yes.''
Scott Edmisten, Spring Hill
Commissioners should get cuts too
County government proposes balancing the general fund 2010-11 budget with staff salary reductions and unpaid furloughs. Nothing is heard about commissioners making similar savings.
Commissioners spend half of their work time promoting themselves for re-election to supplement their other income. Refunding half their $61,000 salary would save $150,000 and benefits. Such savings could be used to make proposed user fees unnecessary at libraries and parks which nourish minds and bodies respectively.
Further, the five-member board of commissioners at regular meetings votes usually unanimously on issues researched and recommended by trained staff. Periodic meetings of three commissioners, while two are on one-month unpaid furlough, would vote no differently and save thousands more dollars.
James Willan, Brooksville
Legislators ignore voice of people
It's a brand-new day. A pretty day. The sun shines on tar balls and glistens on oil slicks as both houses of the Florida Legislature vote to send themselves home. Lovely!
The voice of the people has been as silenced as the numbers of barrels of oil that are pouring and the numbers of dead and dying sea birds and mammals and fish. The will of the people is as invisible as the truth surrounding the Deepwater Horizon rig.
State Sen. Mike Fasano remembered why he was in the capital. Sen. Fasano knew that his vote to let the people speak is what his job is all about. Sen. Fasano stood tall among many as he spoke on behalf of the people who long for honest representation. He remembered why we have a Constitution and how very precious our Constitution is.
We the people need to pay attention. Our jobs, our tourist industry, our schools and our future are not some political game.
Peno Hardesty, New Port Richey