It's story time for Nugent Nov. 24 article
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U.S. Rep. Richard Nugent got back to his roots as he states after reading to first-graders at Weeki Wachee K-8. He read a book about our system of legislating using the characters in the book House Mouse, Senate Mouse. What he didn't realize is the portrayal used exemplifies most representatives in Washington - mice or, in some cases, rats.
Mr. Nugent voted for HR 2 to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), also known as Obama Care. Apparently, Mr. Nugent didn't read the Congressional Budget offices letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner or he couldn't understand the affects of HR 2 would have on the deficit.
In a Feb. 18, 2011 letter, the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation stated that "Impact on the federal budget in the first decade CBO and JCT estimate that, on balance, the direct spending and revenue effects of enacting HR 2 would cause a net increase in federal budget deficits of $210 billion over the 2012-2021 period.
By comparison, last March CBO and JCT estimated that enacting PPACA and the health-related provisions of the reconciliation act would reduce federal deficits by $124 billion over the 2010-2019 period. Mr. Nugent voted to increase deficits.
Mr. Nugent co-sponsored Fair Tax Act HR 25 eliminating the income tax (an average of 4.7 percent on a medium household income of $32,572 a year in Hernando County) and payroll tax of 4.25 percent currently and establishes a 23 percent national sales tax on all goods and service but excludes taxes on intangible property such as copyrights, trademarks, patents, goodwill, financial instruments, securities, commercial paper, debts, notes and bonds, and other property deemed intangible at common law.
What Mr. Nugent fails to tell the public that this bill will increase taxes on families considered middle class and at the poverty level. This tax will be in addition to the current 6.25 percent state and local sales tax paid in Hernando County plus your county, school and fire district real estate taxes. If you add the national sales tax to the state and local sales tax, it's a 29.25 percent tax on what you spend including food, rent, and all services. But if you have a big portfolio with dividends and capital gains you won't pay a dime. Thankfully, this bill did not pass and was sent to the Ways and Means Committee.
Vito Joseph Delgorio Sr., Spring Hill
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We have recently moved to Florida from a northern state. We like the more laid back attitude here. Everywhere we go, people are friendly, polite and helpful.
However there is one thing that is very prevalent, and that is littering in our residential neighborhood. Several times a week we find a can, paper cup or other garbage thrown onto our front lawn, and the vacant lots are full of trash, including large items.
I can't understand why this happens in an area in which people obey the speed limits, are courteous to pedestrians, even wave to strangers. Please keep a bag for trash in your vehicles and keep this Sunshine State beautiful!
Donna Ives, Spring Hill
Housing projects gaining ground | Nov. 15 article
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I am the owner of Glen Oaks Apartments in Spring Hill since March, 2004. The Hernando Planning and Zoning Commission recently okayed proposals totaling 500 new apartment units for Southern Investment Group LLLP. These are the same people who own Bridgewater Club and Nantucket Cove Apartments. These are income-based affordable apartment complexes and I assume that the new ones will be also. Apparently, the county also sees the need to eliminate the impact fees for these people which will save them more than $2.5 million. If they are income-based affordable housing, presumably the federal government provides them with discounted construction loans and mortgages.
I don't know why the government doesn't just build these units and give them to these people for free. Perhaps it would be cheaper. I hope the Planning and Zoning Commission can see that it is making it impossible for anyone but other income-based affordable apartment owners to compete.
Since I took over this complex in 2004, about 1,500 new apartments have been built, with 1,000 of them affordable housing. This growth in apartment construction surely outstrips the growth in population in Spring Hill in the same time period substantially. I know that a lot of people are also losing their homes at the same time and need a place to live, but the homes they are losing are either being bought by investors who are trying to rent them or by homeowners who would otherwise be renters.
It seems to me that the primary problem we have in Spring Hill and in the county is the over development that took place between 2004 and 2007; not only in residential, but also retail stores, shopping centers and apartments. My estimate is that we need at least 35,000 to 50,000 new residents here to utilize the facilities we already have before the county needs new construction of any type.
I also take issue with Buddy Selph's comment to Ron Caldi that existing apartments complexes are full here and there will be a need. I have vacancies at the present time, and I know of both homeowner investors and other apartment complex owners who have also.
I am well aware of the high unemployment rate here and the fact that construction is needed for jobs, but all such jobs created are temporary and may actually put a lot of other people out of work who cannot compete. In this business, we all have mortgages to pay, and it may surprise you to find out how many apartment complexes here and around the nation at the present time cannot pay their existing mortgages due to high building costs, low rental rates and vacancies.
How is it possible that I can have someone come here to inquire about an apartment who lives in an affordable income based complex and they complain to me that they cannot afford to live there anymore? They said the rent was raised almost $150 per month in the middle of a lease and they are now paying $780 for a two-bedroom apartment. I charge much less. How does this qualify to be affordable by government standards and should we allow more of the same?
Put me on record as opposing this new construction.
Lawrence Stellato, Spring Hill
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Dan DeWitt's recent column noting the urbanization of Spring Hill speaks to a special reality whose time has come. Its population is far from southern. Its development is far from any expectations considered for the county seat of Brooksville whose easy, small-town character wins its "Belle of the South" considerations.
It may be time to incorporate and adopt a city manager style government. Its prestigious fire department could return. Judgments for zoning and planning purposes would be more appropriate. Code enforcement would have a slightly different role. Government would be more streamlined. As the city of Brooksville can meet its obligations to its constituents so could Spring Hill cater to its residents. Memoranda of agreements can be established for help in law enforcement, with county commissioners, fire service, utilities, zoning and planning etc.
Art, culture and retail have a slightly upscale look in Spring Hill that takes nothing away from these established venues in the city of Brooksville.
Finally, scores of gated communities have a presence in Spring Hill. While they are mostly self-governed, nevertheless, residents rely on the urbanization of Spring Hill for their shopping and entertainment in the hundreds and hundreds of small businesses so prevalent for their convenience.
Deron Mikal, Brooksville