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Charter government study part of county audit

County commissioners have decided to take a look at whether charter government would be appropriate for Hernando County. Commissioners this week approved the study as part of a structural audit of county government that professors from the University of South Florida will conduct. The addition to the study will cost $9,600. Hernando County's government structure is set up according to Florida statutes, which require several elected offices in addition to the County Commission. Those offices are sheriff, tax collector, property appraiser, supervisor of elections and clerk of the circuit court. Charter government, also known as "home rule," can provide counties greater freedom to create a new structure. Commissioners approved the rest of the audit, at acost of about $35,000, last month.

Correction

Scott Guthman, general manager of the Holiday Inn at Weeki Wachee, says his company is not opposed to a proposed 1 percent increase in the county's bed tax. Information published in a story Thursday was incorrect. At Wednesday's Tourist Development Council meeting, Guthman suggested that a brochure be drawn up that would explain to motel guests what the tax is and how the revenue is being used. Guthman has offered to assist the council in producing such a brochure.

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