Saturday, November 18, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Fix sinkhole tax break before raising others' tax bills


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Before county commissioners approve a 24.5 percent property tax rate increase for Hernando County residents they need to address the tax revenue lost from unrepaired sinkhole homes.

This issue has been discussed numerous times, year yet nothing is ever done. People are filing sink hole claims with the help of an industry that reeks of fraud and then are rewarded with a 50 percent reduction in their taxable property value by the county. This after taking settlements in some cases equal to the value of the property and never making any real sinkhole repairs.

This situation is damaging Hernando County's reputation and putting an unfair burden on the majority of honest citizens of this county. The citizens of Hernando county should demand changes to these sinkhole issues before accepting any new property tax increases. Any commissioner that votes yes on such an increase should be sent packing next election.

James N. Payne, Spring Hill

Red light cameras

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Red light runners deserve a ticket. It is stop, look and then proceed. Rolling right-hand turns are a violation.

Darlene Huffman, Brooksville

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I passed by Spring Hill Elementary School and noticed the sign out front paid homage to two very deserving retiring office workers. But, nowhere does it mention Barbara Spivey, a teacher who also retired at the same time.

I first met Ms. Spivey when my son was enrolled in her kindergarten class 25 years ago. As one of her classroom volunteers, I was impressed by her gentle authority in teaching the basics and maintaining order over two dozen 5- and 6-year-old children. She dealt with all the parental concerns from nervous first-timers.

I don't know all the ins and outs of her career. But, what I do know is that thanks to her compassion, dedication and fantastic teaching ability, my son had a great start to his school years here in Hernando County.

So congratulations on her 34 years of outstanding service to the youngest and most impressionable of our school children.

Barbara Baehr, Spring Hill

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I was surprised and disappointed in Barbara Fredricksen's recent review of the Show Palace Dinner Theater. She loved the show and didn't enjoy the food.

A review that simply shared those opinions would be understandable. However, her intentionally snarky comments her in-depth description of just how distasteful she found the food to be, made it obvious this wasn't an objective review, it was an attack. When she negatively commented on the reduced number of food items offered, she failed to mention that the new summer menu was accompanied by a reduction in dinner/show ticket prices of over 30 percent.

If Miss Fredricksen can't review the Show Palace objectively, she should refrain from using the power of the press to harm a local business that provides numerous benefits to our community.

Stephen Schurdell, Hudson

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Thanks to the Hernando County Parks Department for resurfacing the tennis courts at Delta Woods Park.

I got to play on them last week and they were just beautiful. These courts get so much play and will get even more now that they have been repaired.

Judy Dalhaus, Weeki Wachee


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