• Taking hard look at water rates

    On Aug. 25 at the Board of County Commissioners hearing all commissioners except Scott Adams voted to set a special meeting to allow staff and consultants to provide additional information on the proposal to standardize all county water utility rates. A motion was passed to advertise the proposed rates and set a special meeting for 9 a.m. Oct. 20, with all information being submitted by 9 a.m. Oct. 6.

  • We have paid for our systems

    It appears that the board of county commissioners is dangling the carrot of lower water and sewer rates in front of the majority of Citrus County residents in order to make the operation of the county’s water and sewer systems easier for them to administer, regardless of whether this action is fair or appropriate.

  • Freedom — a flickering, distant light

    Editor’s note: An open letter from a Citrus jail inmate and former Citrus County Deputy Sheriff.

    In this place, nightfall returns as the trumpeting sounds of many voices behind the solid concrete walls slowly subside. It’s midnight, and I lie awake in my two-man cell, with the narrow, hard double bunk rack and cold open steel toilet.

  • Service dog law confusing to all

    As a public service, we would like to know what is the real law about allowing “service dogs” into restaurants. The excuse from the establishment owners is that it’s the law — but is it really the law, or that they don’t want to upset potential customers? 

    We, for one, do not appreciate having people bring dogs into an eatery establishment. It’s enough that you see them everywhere, else but to a restaurant? It doesn’t seem right. 

  • Your water rate plan makes no sense

    Your plan to raise the Sugarmill Woods and the Pine Ridge water and sewer rates 75 percent is called usury. Where do the figures you propose come from? What are they based on? How much research has the utilities done to justify such a rate hike? If a rate hike is needed, start with increments over a period of time. The people who are paying too much, lower by degrees until everyone is on the same basic rate.

  • Government can, should do better

    As someone who is in the latter part of my life, I am becoming increasingly discouraged with the political system and elected officials everywhere in our country.

  • Solution for code violations offered

    Today’s opinion in the Chronicle seeks an answer to addressing unkempt lawns and neglected properties. I think there’s a simple solution available. The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) should publish (in the Chronicle) a public service announcement outlining its details. It should read something like:

  • Standing ground not sound logic

    Another 3-2 vote. And once again, on the subject of the impact fee forfeiture of $963,000 over the first five months of 2015. Once again, the same three commissioners voted to continue the moratorium for the rest of the year. A requested written explanation for the logic and or reasoning for this action is not likely to appear in the Chronicle any time soon.

  • Implement new water rate gradually

    I can understand the desire to equalize rates across the county, and I am not opposed to moving in that direction — gradually. 

    First, it is important to remember the rates now in place were those that were in effect when the county took over those systems. It is unfair to say higher-rate systems have been subsidizing lower-rate systems. 

  • Need for boat ramps in Citrus

    As an avid fisherman — and a geezer, to be sure — I was interested to read “Commissioners sink Damato’s boat ramp idea” in today’s (Aug. 27) Chronicle.