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Household Hazardous Waste will be Closed on August 13 - August 20 for Repairs

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

Household Hazardous Waste Will be Closed August 13 – August 20 for Repairs

Household Hazardous Waste at the Central Landfill will be closed from August 13, 2016 thru August 20, 2016 to conduct roof repair and painting. Household Hazardous Waste will open for regular business on August 23, 2016.

The Central Landfill is located at 230 W Gulf to Lake Highway (SR44) in Lecanto.

Residents needing further information about this, or any other Solid Waste Management program, may call at (352) 527-7670 or by email at .

Two Free Florida-Friendly Gardening Workshops Being Offered in August

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

Florida Friendly Landscaping™ 9 Basic Principles

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The University of Florida developed the 9 basic principles to establish a set of gardening practices which aid gardeners in creating sustainable and successful gardens. These practices allow gardeners to create beautiful landscapes generating little or no impact to our water resources. Selection of the right plant for the right location, efficient irrigation, proper fertilization and responsible pest management are several of the topics discussed during this workshop.

Fertilize Appropriately

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 from 2:00-3:30 pm. Fertilization of your lawn and landscape can be complicated. Using several steps including soil testing, when and how to apply fertilizers and effective irrigation practices after application are essential to proper fertilization practices. This program will discuss proper Florida Friendly fertilization practices developed by the University of Florida.

Classes are held at the Citrus County Extension Service Building located at 3650 W Sovereign Path in Lecanto. Please contact Steven Davis at 352 527-5708 to confirm your participation.

Free Mulch Available

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

The Citrus County Division of Solid Waste Management wants to remind everyone that we have an abundance of Coarse Mulch available for residents, free of charge. You can obtain it anytime the Central Landfill is open for business, in amounts from the size of a tote, to a tractor-trailer load. We will load your open-top truck or trailer from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM Tuesday through Friday or from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, also free of charge. If you need a large amount (large dump truck to tractor trailer) please call ahead to arrange loading.

Coarse Mulch is excellent for retaining moisture in flower beds and around shrubs and other plantings, as well as for reducing erosion on slopes and dirt driveways. If you have any questions about our mulch, or any other program of the Citrus County Division of Solid Waste Management, please feel free to call (353) 527-7670, or on the web at

Voices for Children Auction

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

Voices for Children 3rd Annual Quarter Auction and Dinner to Benefit the Guardian ad Litem Program Voices for Children of North Central Florida, Inc. will hold its 3rd annual Quarter Auction and Dinner on August 20, 2016 at 6:00 pm at the Central Ridge Community Center, in Beverly Hills.

Auction items will include attraction tickets, golf certificates, merchandise, restaurant gift cards, and more. All proceeds benefit abused and neglected children.

Tickets are $35 per person, which includes dinner, beverages and one auction paddle. Call 352-484-0319 for tickets or to donate an item for the event.

Citrus County Introduces Express Permitting

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

The Citrus County Building Division is pleased to announce a new line of e-government services that enhance online permitting to now allow self-service purchase of Air Conditioning (HVAC) change-out and Reroof permits. “Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Roofing contractors will be able to electronically purchase a permit in minutes, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.” said Planning and Development Department Director, Jenette Collins.

In collaboration with the Department of Systems Management, the Building Division has updated its Contractor Portal for online permitting services to more efficiently serve the building community. The programming that makes Express Permitting possible was developed in-house by Senior Programmer, Jason Abreu, saving the County consultation fees and the cost of purchased software.

Citrus County Building Division and Systems Management presented the Express Permitting program to the Citrus County Builders Association at their June 29th meeting. Citrus County Building Official, Carl Jones said, “during the presentation we were able to demonstrate an online application issued, paid for, approved and printed in forty-three seconds.” The County sees approximately forty HVAC change-out and re-roof permit applications a day.

With this program contractors can use a tablet or cell phone to apply and receive permit approval, never leaving the job site. The County has been testing the new system the past few weeks by inviting a handful of contractors, who have accounts with the County, to give it a try, to rave reviews.

The County plans on going “live” with the program August 1st, providing hands-on training for interested contractors. Training is optional for licensed contractors with a Citrus County account. The County will continue to accept walk-in permit applications, with an emphasis on transitioning contractors to the online portal. Collins’ stated that, “Quick permit turnaround remains a priority of the Building Division’s dedication to providing a high level of customer service and customer satisfaction.”

There will be a presentation on this innovative project at the Board of County Commissioners meeting Tuesday, August 9th at 2:00pm, in Inverness.

For additional information please call Susan Bungo at 352-527-5232 or visit the County website at

Free Homebuyer Education Class for Veterans Offered Twice this Fall

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

Veterans get on the right path to homeownership by signing up for one of CHP Homeownership Home Buying Classes. The free homebuyer education class is being offered by CHP Homeownership on both September 7th and October 26th at 701 White Boulevard, Inverness. Completion of this course satisfies certain local government and lender requirements for homebuyer education. To register visit, and click on the Begin Your Journey Now tab at the top of the page. For more information call, 352-726-2092 or email,

Proposed Budget Press Conference to be Held July 21 at 1:00 P.M.

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

County Administrator Randy Oliver will answer questions on his proposed budget for Fiscal 2016/17 during a press conference on Thursday, July 21 at 1:00 pm. Press representatives are invited to the Lecanto Government Complex, Suite 267.

The proposed budget will be available to view on the BOCC website ( on Friday, July 15.

The preliminary budget hearing will be Wednesday, July 27, 2016 in the Commission chambers, Room 100, at the Citrus County Courthouse in Inverness starting at 9 am. The meeting is open to the public.

Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off July 30

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

Citrus County Central Landfill will be conducting a Hazardous Household Waste Drop Off at the Central Landfill on Saturday, July 30, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first 60 pounds or 10 gallons are free. 

Hazardous Household Waste also accepts collections weekly on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, contact the Citrus County Solid Waste Management at 352-527-7670 or Questions may be emailed to  

Hernando Citrus Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee to Meet

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

The Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) will conduct a public meeting on Thursday, July 21, 2016, beginning at 3:30 p.m., at the Citrus Transit Center, 1300 South Lecanto Highway, Lecanto, Florida.

Approximately one week prior to the meeting, the meeting agenda may be viewed online at and

The public is encouraged to attend.  Any questions concerning this public meeting should be directed to Steve Diez, Transportation Planner III, Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization, 20 North Main Street, Room 262, Brooksville, FL 34601, telephone (352) 754-4057, ext. 28013 or email

Citrus County Exceeds the Interim Recycling Goal set by State for 2015

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

For the year 2015, Citrus County exceeded the 50% Florida State interim goal by achieving a recycling rate of 52%. This put Citrus County in a tie for the number twelve ranking out of sixty-seven counties. In 2015, there were only twenty out of a total of sixty-seven counties to meet or exceed the interim 50% goal. The remaining interim State goals are 60% by January 1, 2017, 70% by January 1, 2019, and 75% by 2020.  

In 2008, the Florida Legislature enacted legislation which set a goal of 75% waste diversion from landfills by means of recycling, which is to be reached by the year 2020. In addition, interim goals have been set for each of the years leading up to 2020. The interim goal for 2015 was set at 50% recycling rate. Citrus County is proud to have exceeded the 2015 interim goal and looks forward to meeting or exceeding Florida State goals through 2020


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