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BRIGHT HOUSE SUES OVER TAX ASSESSMENT

Bright House Networks filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Citrus County property appraiser, challenging the legality and validity of its 2006 assessment. Property Appraiser Melanie Hensley's office put the taxable value of the cable company's land at $55.7-million, resulting in a $933,266 tax bill. The company contends the property is worth only $33.9-million and it owes $568,864 in taxes. It paid that portion already as a "good faith payment." If a judge rules against the county, it could lose the $364,402 in tax money and face similar assessment challenges.

HOMOSASSA

State park to host tree lighting Friday

The annual tree lighting kicks off the holiday season at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd. (U.S. 19) in Homosassa. The event includes Santa's arrival and caroling. Call 628-5343.

INVERNESS

County courthouse tree lighting Friday

The Citrus County Historical Society will conduct a Christmas tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the courtroom of the Historic Courthouse, One Courthouse Square, Inverness. County Commissioner Gary Bartell will be master of ceremonies, assisted by the Rev. Harvey Dunn. Christmas music will be provided by John Edel and the Citrus High School choir, Lionel King on the dulcimer, and the First Presbyterian Church a cappella choir. Many organizations participated in the preparation and erection of trees around the courthouse. For information, call 361-6427.

LECANTO

Water utility board to meet Monday

The Citrus County Water and Wastewater Authority will meet at 1 p.m. Monday at the Lecanto Government Building. On the agenda: Rolling Oaks Utilities presentation of sewage collection system preventative maintenance program.

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