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Join Commissioner Ron Kitchen for a Town Hall Meeting on March 8 in Floral City

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018


Citrus County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Ron Kitchen will be holding a Town Hall Meeting for the general public to attend on Thursday, March 8, 2018. The meeting will be held at the Floral City Library, located at 8360 E. Orange Avenue in Floral City, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.

“I am looking forward to reporting back to the community on previous issues and hearing about new ones they wish addressed. This will continue to be a question and answer format and not a speech, so I encourage anyone with a question or an item that is important to them to attend,” explained Kitchen.

The schedule for Commissioner Kitchen’s upcoming Town Hall Meetings is as follows:

Thursday, March 22 – Central Ridge Library

Thursday, April 5 – Citrus Springs Community Center

Thursday, April 12 – Homosassa Library

Thursday, May 3 – Coastal Region Library

(All events will be held 5:30pm to 7:00pm and are open to the public.)

For more information, please call Public Information Officer Cynthia Oswald at (352) 527-5484.

Friends of the Citrus County Community Centers Hold Second Annual Yard Sale

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

The Friends of the Community Centers are holding their second annual yard sale at Central Citrus Community Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto.  The sale will take place on Monday, February 26 and will run until Friday March 2 from 9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. each day.

Donations for the sale are needed and greatly appreciated.  Please bring them to the Central Citrus Community Center, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00a.m. and 4:00p.m.  Proceeds from this yard sale will be used to enhance the four community centers in Citrus County where seniors go daily for fun, entertainment, classes, and so much more. For more information about this event and the Community Centers please call 352-527-5993.

Extension Service offers program on Closing your Seasonal Home UPDATED INFORMATION

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

The University of Florida/IFAS Citrus County Extension Service is providing a program on tips on leaving your home for extended periods. This is a program that will prepare your home inside and out, prevent mold & mildew, organize important papers, and keep your home safe from disasters.

The class will be offered twice this spring; on Wednesday, March 7th from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM or Monday, March 19th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.  Pre-registration is required and the fee of $10.00 per household is due a week before the scheduled program. Registration fee includes materials and is payable by check, cash, or online. To register online This program is held at the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County office located at 3650 W Sovereign Path, Lecanto, FL 34461. For more information, call Sarah or Stephanie at the University of Florida/IFAS Citrus County Extension office in Lecanto at 352-527-5700.

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Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018


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The 2018 deadline is just weeks away for filing of homestead and other exemptions and classifications. Applications may either be hand delivered or mailed and postmarked no later than Thursday, March 1st.

For eligibility, a complete application with all supporting documentation is required. This deadline applies to:

Homestead Exemption

Widow/Widower Exemption

All Veterans Disability Exemptions

Deployed Military Exemption for duty in specified active war zones during 2014

First Responders

Eligible Citizens Physical Disability Exemptions

Portability Applications

Agricultural or Conservation Classification

Conservation in Perpetuity Exemption

Institutional, Education, Affordable Housing, Religious or Charitable Exemptions

Property owners with an existing exemption or classification should have received their annual renewal postcard during January 2018. If no changes have occurred to the property exemption status (i.e. changes of ownership, mailing address, marital status, etc.), renewal is automatic. A new application is required if you purchased a new home and vacated your homestead property, or made any changes in the title to your home. You may contact our office if you are unsure of your homestead status.

Filings after March 1st, 2018 are late and will be considered for the 2019 tax roll. For good cause and upon request, late filings may be eligible for consideration at the discretion of the Property Appraiser. The Property Appraiser's website www .citruspa .org provides explanations of eligibility and what documentation is required to file the applications. The customer service staff is always available to answer questions in both offices. In Inverness please call (352) 341-6600 (Courthouse Annex Building), in Crystal River please call (352) 564-7130 (West Citrus Center). Applications may be mailed to either location.





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BOCC Recognizes Beverly Hills Advisory Council Member

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

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The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Ron Kitchen, First Vice-Chairman Jeff Kinnard, Second Vice-Chairman Brian Coleman, Scott Carnahan and Jimmie T. Smith, are pictured with Ms. Rosella Hale

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a certificate of appreciation to Ms. Rosella Hale outgoing member of the Beverly Hills Advisory Council at their regular meeting on February 13, 2018. Ms. Hale was honored for her service to Citrus County during her September 16, 2004 through January, 31, 2018 tenure on the Beverly Hills Advisory Council.

Students Challenged to Detect Toilet Leaks

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

Citrus County Utilities is hosting its fourth Classroom Leak Detection Challenge for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms.  This annual event celebrates the EPA’s “We’re for Water” initiative by challenging students to test their home toilets for leaks.  All necessary supplies are provided by the utility.

This is a hands-on leak detection activity that teaches children and adults alike how to find and fix toilet leaks.  In 2017, fifth grade science teacher Kathy Kopp of Forest Ridge Elementary said, “The students were surprised to learn that toilet leaks occur within the tank and bowl, not necessarily outside the toilet leaking water on the floor.” Kopp added that the experience “gave students a real-life activity to share with their parents and other family members.”

Twenty-nine classes tested 593 toilets during the 2017 challenge.  Students found ninety-one leaky toilets with an estimated saving of more than 18,000 gallons of water a day when fixed. 

This is a fun and engaging event with free shower timers for students of participating classrooms.  All classes are also entered into a chance drawing to win a pizza party. 

Teachers interested in participating in the 2018 challenge should send an email to by April 17, 2018 that includes the school, teacher name, grade and the number of students.  The utility will mail detection supplies directly to the school. For more information, contact Debra Burden at (352) 527-7684.

Zumba Citrus Donates Valentine Bears to Homebound Seniors

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

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Joyce Groh, Zumba Citrus Instructor (left), is delivering the bears to Kriss   Hornaday, Central Citrus Community Center Coordinator (center), and Nadeen Horak, of Zumba Citrus (right).

Zumba Citrus located in Homosassa, donated Valentine teddy bears for the fifth year in a row, to give some love to home bound seniors that participate in Citrus County’s Meals on Wheels Program.

This year Zumba Citrus was able to collect over 250 adorable teddy bears in gift bags. The bears were distributed by the volunteers that delivered lunch to Meals on Wheels recipients on Valentine’s Day. 

Special thanks to Joyce Groh, Zumba Instructor at Zumba Citrus, and all the Zumba Citrus Members for organizing this heartwarming program and for their donations. 

Arlington Street Recycling Drop Off Location to Close

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

Citrus County has been asked by the land owner to remove recycling containers from the Single Stream Recycling Drop off site located at Arlington Street Just off US 41 in Inverness. This will be effective February 23, 2018. We apologize for this inconvenience. Please visit for a list of available single stream recycling drop off locations in Citrus County. For further information please contact the Solid Waste Department at 527-7670.

CR491 Temporary Lane Closures Announced

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

There will be temporary lane closures due to construction at the CR491 and SR44 intersection scheduled to begin on Wednesday, February 28 through Friday, March 2.

South of SR44 (Gulf to Lake Highway), North Bound outside lane of CR491 will be temporarily closed to construct new signal foundations.  Foundations will be constructed at both the northeast and southeast corners of CR491 at the intersection with SR44.  The North Bound CR491 outside lane closure will begin at Laurel Street and extend north of SR44.

Both daytime and nighttime closures are anticipated.  Daytime closures are scheduled from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM.  Nighttime closures are scheduled from 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM.  One North Bound lane on CR491 will be provided through the work zone during the construction period. 

Earth Day Family Festival Announced Co-hosted by Extension Service & Citrus Native Plant Society

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

Bring your family, friends and curiosity to the Citrus County Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 21 from 9-12 noon at the Extension Service Lecanto office and Learning Landscape Garden, 3650 W. Sovereign Path, on the Lecanto Government Center complex, rain or shine.

What insects help our gardens? Why are worms slimy? Which critters provide pollination? Ever looked into a functioning beehive? Get answers to these questions and more at this FREE event with more than 20 fun-filled, hands-on, activities for the young and young-at-heart.

You will interact with live insects, discover where our water comes from and how to protect it, make bird feeders, plant pollinator plants and more.  There will be a Scavenger Hunt with prizes and take home activities for youth. A commemorative tree planting ceremony takes place at 10 am. 

This event is co-hosted by the UF/Citrus County Extension Service and the Citrus Native Plant Society.  For more information, call 352-527-5700. 


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