Return $12M to the people
A plan exists to help bring relief to our unemployed, our taxpayers and our citizens who enjoy good law enforcement and libraries.
The meritorious plan of action was presented to the Board of County Commissioners a little over two weeks ago. Nothing has happened with it since. It calls for removing the $12 million added to a judicial capital fund mistakenly created to fund additional courtrooms for which no need has been proven, and returning it to the people's savings account: the general revenue reserve fund. This account exists to help pay for public safety and other quality of life programs in Hernando County. It is also where the board could provide tax relief to our struggling citizens and help keep businesses afloat.
I am asking every citizen of Hernando County to pick up the telephone and dial 754-4002. Ask for County Administrator David Hamilton, County Commissioners Jim Adkins, Dave Russell, John Druzbick and Wayne Dukes and urge them to support the meritorious plan.
Ask them not to waste taxpayer money on new courtrooms that are not needed at this time. Tell them about your own personal experiences surviving the past few years. Whether you believe in additional tax relief, funding the dredge, creating new enterprise zones to spur economic growth or saving the Cannery, call them.
We are all in this mess together and by starting with a simple realignment of funds, we can dig our way out!
Commissioner Jeff Stabins, Spring Hill
County should toughen up
When are we going to get some backbone in this county? When are we going to have someone stand up for common sense and the actual taxpayer rather than special interest groups and those that line pockets?
Just who is going to drive past Connerton, half of Pasco County's empty subdivisions, past Brooksville, Southern Hills Plantation, Sugarmill Woods etc. to the Quarry Preserve and say, "Hey, honey, let's live in the middle of nowhere"? A big mistake.
Extra courtroom needed? What a farce. That and the SunTrust Bank building? Rubbish. Where is all this money coming from?
The Hernando Beach dredge. Just how the heck did this country manage 100 years ago with steam engines clearing swamps when a relatively simple operation like that takes decades?
Wages. $80,000 to $100,000 a year for some county employees when its median wage is in the $20,000s is obscene.
These people should hang their heads in shame. Cut their wages in half and if they don't like it, don't let the gate hit them in the backside on the way out.
Pat Fagan's dismissal was very badly handled and will come back to bite someone. Just when is someone going to stand up and work for the county?
Mike Humphreys, Spring Hill
On the referendum wording
There is discussion of a possible referendum being put on the ballot giving the right of Spring Hill Fire Rescue District to collect taxes. The voters turned down the right to collect taxes in 2010. Yet there is a discussion of a special election requesting a second time, which would cost us taxpayers anywhere from $100,000 to $150,000 for a special election.
If a referendum is placed on the Spring Hill ballot, please have it say, "Do you want Spring Hill Fire Rescue District to be independent and collect taxes? Yes or no?"
I believe the vote of 2010 not to allow Spring Hill Fire Rescue District to collect taxes shows the citizens of Spring Hill Fire District have second thoughts about the independence of Spring Hill Fire Rescue District.
Joan Lynch, Spring Hill