Barbara Behrendt, Hernando County Reporter

Barbara Behrendt

Hernando County Reporter

The North Suncoast and the Times have been my home since I graduated from the Ohio State University 35 years ago. Every day I get to come work for one of the country’s finest newspapers with talented co-workers who share my passion for informing our readers about their community. From the latest development plan near their neighborhood to the price of their garbage service, there is no more relevant journalism than what we do here in Hernando County. I cherish your input, suggestions and story ideas.

Controversial Ridge Manor zoning application is withdrawn, but concerns remain about landowners who seek rezoning rather than complying with county codes

Hernando County Government Center
Land owner said he will clean up his property and propose a business that fits with current zoning.

The bill keeps going up for Hernando County property owners. This time its an increase to the annual landfill fee

LUIS SANTANA   |   Times
Crews work on the landfill pile of household trash at the Hernando County Northwest Solid Waste and Recycling Facility on July 13 in Brooksville.
County commissioners approve a one-year fee increase on Tuesday. Staff members leave room for a 50 percent increase in future years.

Hernando County approves master plan for Trails at Rivard, but with fewer homes

Hernando County Government Center
BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County Commissioners on Tuesday granted a new master plan for the undeveloped portion of the Trails at Rivard, but they didn't allow all of the residential lots...

Still more for Republic Services? Hernando County Commission sets date for hearing on proposed increase in garbage collection fees

Trucks from Republic Services arrive at their Tampa headquarters after their shifts. Hillsborough County has given the garbage hauler 30 days to rectify service problems in that county. [ LUIS SANTANA   |   Times]
BROOKSVILLE — Republic Services, the county's residential garbage hauler, is seeking a rate increase for the next fiscal year, both for residents in the mandatory collection zone in Spring..

Hernando County commissioners lean toward a 14 percent property tax rate increase

Hernando County Government Center    Times (2018)
Digging out of a $10 million budget hole leaves commissioners few options — and none of them are painless.