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Commissioners praise budget

Staffers outline the $184.2-million package that's up 2.8 percent over this year's budget and calls for tax relief.

By JENNIFER FARRELL

© St. Petersburg Times, published July 21, 2000


BROOKSVILLE -- Hernando County commissioners began scrutinizing the county's proposed 2000-01 budget on Thursday and appeared content with the initial $184.2-million package.

During a three-hour workshop during which county staffers outlined budget proposals for general government, growth and development, and public works, commissioners praised the spending plan, which calls for a tax-rate reduction of 25 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value.

"I thought the budget was pretty good," commission Chairman Paul Sullivan said at the meeting. "I think it meets the needs of the community while giving some tax relief, and that's what this is all about."

The overall proposed budget is up 2.8 percent from the current year. The general fund budget, which includes everything except self-supporting departments such as utilities and development, is tentatively set at $59.9-million, an increase of 5.8 percent.

Pointing to a 3.3 percent increase in inflation and a 3.4 percent population increase, County Administrator Paul McIntosh described the budget increases as modest by comparison.

The following initiatives were among those proposed during the workshop:

The workshops are scheduled to continue at 2 p.m. Monday. Budgets to be discussed include constitutional officers, public safety, utilities and the Economic Development Commission.

-- Information from Times files was used in this report.

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