County briefs 7/15/14

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­Carnahan, Webb race ‘universal’

In the Aug. 26 primary election, there will be a universal primary election in the race for Citrus County Commission, District 4. 

Florida is a closed primary state, meaning voters are limited to choosing candidates in their own party in the primary election.

However, in the District 4 race between Scott Carnahan and Winn Webb, both are in the Republican Party. Therefore, the race becomes a universal primary and will be decided in the primary election. That race will be on all ballots — Republican, Democrat and nonpartisan. 

This differs from the school board or judicial races because those races are nonpartisan. The non-partisan races appear on the primary election ballot. If there are more than two candidates, the winner must receive 50 percent plus 1 vote or the race will appear on the general election ballot as a race between the top two candidates from the primary.

For more information call the Supervisor of Elections Office at 352-341-6740.


Council to set millage tonight

At today’s Inverness City Council meeting, council members will vote to adopt a 7.7 percent property tax increase, setting the tentative millage rate for fiscal year 2015 at 6.9949 mills, which would generate an additional $172,172 in ad valorem revenues from what was collected in fiscal year 2014. 

This increase would help address issues including county government’s as-yet unpaid contribution toward the funding of Whispering Pines Park, a funding increase request for emergency response services by the sheriff’s office and the issue regarding fire services for the city. 

Following tonight’s vote, two public hearings will be scheduled to allow public comment. 

If adopted, the tax rate may be lowered, but not increased. Traditionally, Inverness has set the rate high initially and then lowered it for the final budget. 

The council meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Inverness Government Center, 212 W. Main St., Inverness. 


Workers sought for I-75 project

Orlando-based Middlesex Asphalt is hiring a local crew for work on Interstate 75. 

The company seeks 75 workers to fill positions including field, project and office engineers, surveyors, bridge and roadway superintendents, construction crew leads, fleet managers, carpenters, pipe layers, equipment operators, truck drivers and laborers.

A hiring event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, July 21, at the College of Central Florida’s Citrus County campus in Lecanto. 

Candidates must have experience in different construction areas, a valid Florida driver’s license and reliable transportation to various worksites.

Interviews by appointment are preferred, though walk-ins will be considered. To make an appointment, call 800-434-5627, ext. 4201.