The money shuffle begins

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By The Staff

The Levy County Commission is doing the end-of-year money shuffle as some departments have some cash on hand to help other departments strapped for cash.

In its regular meting Tuesday morning, the commissioners approved moving money around to help six departments that were short of funds.

The commission took cash from the following funds and departments:

General Revenue, $180,561

E911, $9,440

Emergency Medical Services, $276,843

Fire, $204,512

Drug Task Force, $17,612

Capital Projects, $542,157

And gave funds to:

Road Department. $2,277,385

SHIP program, $246,935

Housing Recovery, $29,500

Court Facilities, $17,925

LLEBG, $16,043

CDBG grant $70,740

Local Law, $1,676.

In another money matter, County Coordinator Fred Moody informed the board that the Fire Control Assessment was increased for the coming year, the first increase since 1988. He said the cost went from 3 cents per acre to 7 cents and the acreage was also increased from 457,277 acres covered to 523,380 acres. He estimated the increased cost to be about $36,636 annually..

In a fast-paced meeting, the commissioners also:

- Approved hardship variances: for Berdine Mayes on 185th Terrace to build a second home for his mother-in-law; for Caroline and Bill Wheatly on Northwest 103rd Lane to build a second home for their son and 11-year-old grandson.

- Ratified and then rescinded an emergency declaration made by Chairman Sammy Yearty for Tropical Storm Fay which affected the county two weeks ago.