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Hernando County employees cut to help resolve budget deficit

BROOKSVILLE — Several county employees have become the first casualties as officials try to get a grip on their $11 million budget shortfall.

Acting county administrator Jeff Rogers told commissioners last week that he would find places to cut general fund spending, and he eliminated the positions.

Previous coverage: Talks of sales tax increase and service cuts fill commission discussion

Virginia Singer, the county's public information manager, was the first layoff announced last week. She has been the county's spokeswoman since 2013. Eliminating her position will cut the budget by $102,813.58.

Deputy aquatics manager Mark Caskie also was cut. His salary and benefits totaled $79,234.41.

Neither position fell under the county's employee unions.

Two members of the Teamsters professional bargaining unit — information systems coordinator Anthony Adams and reference librarian Peter Tuite — were cut. Their pay and benefits packages were $84,421.38 and $74,868.34, respectively.

One employee under the non-professional bargaining agreement, planner Cayce Dagenhart, was let go, saving the county $76,412.26.

The county cut three vacant positions, including an emergency management specialist, emergency management grants specialist and administrative assistant in animal services.

Contact Barbara Behrendt at or (352) 848-1434.