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Today's News

  • Tentative county millage stays the same

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Levy County was on its way to being unable to pay its bills by the end of 2019, according to budget figures presented by Finance Officer Jared Blanton at the tentative millage meeting last Thursday in Bronson.

    Recent moves by the county commission – most notably, an uptick in millage, a new gas tax, department cuts and reallocations, and, going forward, a cap on employee insurance plans – have helped paint a more optimistic financial future for the county.

  • Hal Phillips re-elected to FCF Board

    Dr. Harrell H. “Hal” Phillips,Jr., veterinarian and owner of Phillips Cattle Ranch in Morriston, was recently re-elected to the Farm Credit of Florida Board of Directors.

  • Williston sets tentative millage

    Unwilling to raise ad valorem taxes, the Williston City Council voted 3-1 Tuesday night to set the tentative millage rate the same as the current year at 5.8627 mills.

    Council President Charles Goodman was the lone dissenter, qualifying his "nay" vote by saying he'd rather raise it high then lower it further along in the budget process.

  • New Levy County CF campus opens doors

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The new College of Central Florida Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus isn’t quite ready for its closeup, to flip the words of Gloria Swanson’s character in the film noir classic Sunset Boulevard.

    But after 14 years of development, fundraising and construction, it’s getting close.

  • County sets preliminary assessments

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Levy County set its Preliminary Annual Rate Resolutions for the Roadway Maintenance Service, Solid Waste Tax Assessments, EMS Tax Assessments and Fire Protection Services, capping the new rates at current levels or lower.

    The preliminary rates set a ceiling that the county cannot go above in the upcoming budget, which is finalized on Sept. 12.

  • Council negates P&Z's recommendation

    After a lengthy quasi-judicial hearing where five people gave testimony on a proposed subdivision, the Williston City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a variance request that had been, in part, denied by the city's Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Board.

    At its June 27 meeting, P&Z approved two of the five requests sought by developer John Curtis for his Covington development, located on CR 316 and SR 41 near the new middle high school.

  • Williston granted waiver for gas pipeline burial

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    There’s a discrepancy between Levy County and the Florida Department of Transportation in how deep a gas pipeline must be buried along their respective right-of-ways.

    The origin of the standard is unclear, but the county requires a minimum of 5 feet from the ground to the top of a pipe, while the FDOT’s standard – as well as the federal requirement – is 36 inches (3 feet).

  • We all cheered for Williston

     By Dylan Robertson

  • Chamber of Commerce Mixer is full of surprises

    A family's pet may be one more life that is saved during a house fire thanks to the community-led efforts by PuroClean.

    Kim McLane is spearheading the fundraiser to ensure that at least one animal breathing apparatus is in place with each of the county's fire departments.

    At the Williston Chamber of Commerce mixer, hosted last week by PuroClean, the first respirator was presented to Williston Fire and Rescue.

  • First steps toward new city hall taken

    Before there can be a new Williston City Hall there must be a plan.

    Last week, the Williston City Council voted to get the ball rolling when it agreed to pay more than $200,000 for Oelrich Construction to draft a design and prepare cost estimates for construction.

    Initially it was thought the cost for a new municipal building will cost in excess of $2 million, but last Tuesday it was agreed there is no way to discern actual costs until later.

    Factoring into that cost will be materials for inside and what will be used for the façade.