Ken Cheek

Ken Cheek - county water resources director.

County commissioners will hold a public hearing Tuesday to discuss a septic tank phase-out plan in Old Homosassa Springs.

If approved, staff will submit it to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).

Jacksonville, Florida-based Jones Edmunds prepared a report for the board outlining the scope of constructing a sewer collection system and removing septic tanks in the Old West Homosassa neighborhood.

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Nitrogen and phosphorus discharges from septic tanks are contributing to the pollutants in waterways, the FDEP said.

Septic tanks contribute 16% of the overall nitrogen-loading to the Homosassa River.

The s phase-out plan identifies nine project areas along the Homosassa River that currently have septic tanks.

Ken Cheek, county director of water resources, said the State Revolving Fund (SRF) for the septic tank phase-out facilities plan is a requirement for a funding application to acquire a loan to pay for the local assessment portion of the project costs for the Old Homosassa septic to sewer program phases.

When the county does a project with an assessment component, it typically finances it with utility budget reserves, Cheek said.

But with a growing number of assessment projects in Citrus Springs  —  for water system expansions to facilitate the increase in new-home building —  and the ongoing septic-to-sewer projects, “we are getting to the point where our reserves are not sufficient to accommodate financing of additional assessments,” he said.

“So the SRF load is intended to be the financing mechanism for the Old Homosassa projects.

Commissioners have scheduled a public hearing for 1:35 p.m. to discuss it.

Also Tuesday, commissioners will:

- Consider setting a public hearing for Nov. 30 on an ordinance that would clamp down on Internet cafes and simulated gambling devices. 

- Review and approve proposed new election districts.

The county commission meeting begins at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, at the Citrus County Courthouse, 110 N. Apopka Ave., Inverness.

To view the agenda, visit http://citruscountyfl.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_Meeting.aspx?ID=2690

 

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