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Application Deadline April 30 for Hardship Assistance for Fire Protection Assessment

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

In accordance with Resolution 2013-115 Section 4, Citrus County has created a Hardship Assistance Program to assist residential property owners, who meet eligibility criteria, with the financial burden created by the imposition of the Municipal Services Benefit Unit for Fire Protection Assessment that was approved on July 23, 2013.

Applications will not be accepted after the close of business on Thursday April 30, 2015. Applications can be submitted to Citrus County Housing Services and a determination will be based upon the provided information. If deemed qualified for the hardship assistance, the County shall pay the Fire Protection Assessment imposed on the qualified homesteaded property.

The following qualifications must be met to be considered eligible for hardship assistance:

· Applicant must be the owner of the residential property and be granted homestead exemption

· The total household income of all lawful occupants of the property shall be less than or equal to 30% of the current income limits established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), as adjusted for family size (income limits are listed on application)

· The applicant shall have the present intent to maintain the residential property as their permanent residence through the remainder of the fiscal year

· Prior to May 1 each year, the applicant shall file with Citrus County Housing Services an application and all supporting documentation to be considered for eligibility

· Applications submitted without complete and proper documentation will be disqualified and denied

Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted in person or by mail. No applications submitted by email will be considered. Supporting documentation for all occupants of the property from all sources is required and examples of documentation are included on the application. Copies of originals are encouraged and accepted. No documents will be returned. The property owner must be able to provide the Tax Parcel ID number when completing the application and signature is required.

The application form is available at Citrus County Housing Services, Lecanto Government Building, Citrus County Courthouse Administration Office 2nd floor, the Property Appraiser’s Office, the Tax Collector’s Office and on the following website: www.bocc.citrus.fl.us.

Send completed application together with supporting documentation to:
Citrus County Board of County Commissioners
Attn: Housing Services

2804 W. Marc Knighton Court #12

Lecanto, FL 34461

For any questions, please call Citrus County Housing Services at 352-527-7520.

Citrus County BOCC Proclaims Children's Week

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on April 14 proclaiming the week of April 12 – April 18 as “Children’s Week” in Citrus County. The purpose of Children’s Week is to focus on improving the health, safety, and well-being of Florida’s children and families and to reaffirm Citrus County’s commitment in this endeavor.

The Community Alliance, a collaborative group of organizations and agencies with the interests of children and families at heart, schedules activities during the month of April to celebrate the children and youth of Citrus County. Children’s Week will bring together parents, children, professionals, policy makers, community leaders and concerned citizens to share valuable knowledge and information regarding children’s needs across the county. Several free activities will be featured around the community to engage children and teens in a positive environment and provide valuable resources to parents and guardians.

County Proclaims April as "Child Abuse Prevention Month"

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

(Attached picture – from left to right: The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with representatives from Department of Children & Families, Community Alliance, Jessie’s Place, and Department of Health)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on April 14, 2015 proclaiming the month of April as “Child Abuse Prevention Month” in Citrus County. Individuals, businesses, schools, faith-based and community organizations must make children a top priority and take action to support the physical, social, emotional and education development and competency of all children.

Research shows that safe and nurturing relationships and stimulating stable environments improve brain development and child well-being, while neglectful or abusive experiences and unstable or stressful environments increase the odds of poor childhood outcomes. The abuse and neglect of children can cause severe, costly, and lifelong problems affecting all of society, including physical and mental health problems, school failure and criminal behavior.

Research also shows that parents and caregivers who have social networks and know how to see help in times of trouble are more resilient and better able to provide safe environments and nurturing experiences for their children.

Citrus County, in collaboration with the Florida Department of Children and Families, will coordinate efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect by promoting awareness of healthy child development, positive parenting practices and the types of concrete support families need within their communities. 

Prescription Savings Available for Residents

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The NACo Prescription (Free) Discount Card is provided to residents in a joint effort between Citrus County and the National Association of Counties (NACo). County residents without prescription coverage can use this program. Even if an individual has prescription insurance coverage, they may still benefit from the discount card since it may save money on prescriptions that your existing plan does not cover. Just remember to present the card when you pick up your prescription to get the best possible price available.

It’s easy to use. Simply print a card or pick one up at a local library or community center and present the discount card at a participating retail pharmacy along with the prescription(s), and save an average of 24 percent on prescription drugs. There are no limits on how many times the card can be used. This card can be used for the whole family, including pets. If a pet is prescribed a medication that is also used for humans, ask your veterinarian for a prescription to use at a participating pharmacy. There are no claim forms to fill out and no membership fees.

Residents can visit www.caremark.com/naco to learn about the discount program, print out a personalized ID card for themselves, or access other program tools. Savings are available immediately at any participating pharmacy. There is absolutely no obligation or cost.

For more information, contact Deb Bloss at 352-341-6429 or visit http://www.bocc.citrus.fl.us/commissioners/naco.htm

Bird trail Closed for Maintenance

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The Bird Trail at the Citrus County Landfill will be closed for maintenance from April 27 through May 1.

Please contact Solid Waste Management at 352-527-7670 for any questions.

Citrus County Proclaims Animal Control Officers Week

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

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Attached Picture: The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Officers

 The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on April 14 proclaiming the week of April 12 through April 18, 2015, as “Animal Control Officers Week” in Citrus County.

Animal Control Officers are commended for the many dedicated and long hours of service they perform in serving this community and for fulfilling their commitment to providing the highest and most efficient level of customer service. The Board of County Commissioners wishes to recognize the Citrus County Animal Control officers whose diligence and professionalism keeps our citizens and animals safe.

Citrus County Proclaims National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

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(Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with representatives from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Communications Department)

 The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on April 14 proclaiming the week of April 12 through April 18, 2015, as “National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week” in Citrus County. The safety of our police officers, firefighters, and paramedics is dependent upon the quality and accuracy of information obtained from citizens who telephone the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center. Public safety dispatchers are the first and most critical contact our citizens have with emergency services.

When an emergency occurs, the prompt response of law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services is critical to the protection of life and preservation of property. Public safety dispatchers are the single vital link for our first responders by monitoring their activities by radio, providing them information and ensuring their safety.

The Board of County Commissioners honors the men and women whose diligence and professionalism keeps our citizens safe. 

BOCC Proclaims National Volunteer Week

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

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(Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with Nature Coast Volunteer Center volunteers)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on April 14 proclaiming April 12 through 18, 2015 “National Volunteer Week” in Citrus County. The proclamation urges all citizens to help recognize and renew the volunteer spirit of Citrus County by committing to address the needs of our community through service.

The talents, generosity and energy of volunteers continue to be Citrus County’s most valuable natural resource. Our community would be deprived of numerous programs, services and activities without the support and involvement of volunteers. Volunteering changes the lives of volunteers in a positive way by increasing self-confidence, self-esteem and physical wellbeing.

Public Information Meeting Scheduled for Halls River Bridge Proposed Project

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will conduct a public information meeting regarding proposed improvements to Halls River Bridge Road (C.R. 490A) in Citrus County. The meeting will be held in an open house format on Monday, April 27, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Riverhaven Bridge Community Center, located at 11450 W. Riverhaven Drive in Homosassa.  The proposed project involves improvements from west of Halls River to east of Halls River.

This public information meeting is being held to present the project progress to date and obtain comments from the general public on the Halls River Bridge project. FDOT representatives will be available during the meeting to informally discuss the project and answer questions. Attendees are encouraged to come to this meeting at any time between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm to review the proposed improvements.

For more information, please contact Michael Ojo, District 7 Department of Transportation, at 813-975-6675.

Utility Service Interruption Scheduled for April 11

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Citrus County Utilities announced there will be an interruption in water services on Saturday, April 11, beginning at 4:00 am, for all addresses between 471 Dacie Point to north on CR 491 up to the Citrus County Mosquito Control Building. This interruption is due to a leak in the water main that services that area and could last up to 6 hours. 

Every effort will be made to minimize the duration of the interruption. Residents and business owners have been notified and encouraged to schedule activities which require water use around the interruption. A precautionary boil water notice will be issued prior to turning water back on for service. Utilities staff does not anticipate more than 48 hours before the water is cleared for normal use.

Citrus County Utilities staff will be working close to the road and we encourage drivers to use caution in the area. For more information or questions, please contact Citrus County Utilities at 527-7650.

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