Today's News

  • School Board millage sees slight drop

    By Sean Arnold

    The School Board of Levy County unanimously adopted its final 2016-2017 millage and budget, setting the combined millage rate at 6.876, and the total budget at $77,264,131.00.

    The budget was revised up from the original advertised estimate by $1,503,385, largely due to $1,259,923 in additional anticipated costs for capital projects.

  • Williston residents concerned about privacy invasion

    They were passionate and through their passion, they were vocal.

    Monday night about 50 Williston property owners attended a meeting of the Board of Adjustments and Code Enforcement (BACE) to hear about the new rewrite of the city ordinance that governs property maintenance and establishes penalties for non-compliance.

    BACE Chairwoman Sharon Brannan told the residents the rewrite's intent is to clean up the city and establish minimum standards.

  • County keeps assessments same

    A strange thing happened at a Levy County Commission meeting on emergency medical, fire, solid waste and road assessments: commissioners reported they did not receive one call protesting the assessment. The commission office reported they did not get any calls. 

    And the lone county resident attending the second and final hearing on the assessments, which keeps them at the same level for the fifth year in a row, did not protest them. 

  • Williston Rotary debuts The Rack

      The Rotary Club of Williston debuted its newest service project – The RACK – Rotarians Actively Caring for Kids.

  • Chapter 48 of the Code of Ordinances

    Please review and make your voice heard to the Williston Board of Adjustment and Code Enforcement.

  • Business Alliance forms to help stir and support Levy's economy

     More than 20 people attended the inaugural meeting of the Nature Coast Business Alliance last week, hosted by David Pieklik of the Nature Coast Business Development Council of Levy County.

    The Alliance is designed to network to enhance the economic development of Levy County, in addition to assisting and maintaining the businesses that are already in place.

  • CRA muddles through bids

    After a long session of confusion over bids for the panels that will hang on the pavilion in Williston’s Heritage Park, the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) made a decision to go with the low bidder if that bidder met specifications established by the committee.

    And that seemed to be where the confusion came from – the committee had not previously set specs for the bids.

  • Council says no to high school cafeteria

    The cafeteria on the former Williston High School campus is up for grabs after Williston City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to not enter into negotiations for its purchase.

    The decision came early on in the discussions as City Manager Scott Lippmann told council, "There are issues with the cafeteria."

    Lippmann said it would be difficult to expand the building should the city need to at a future date, and there are concerns about storm water and drainage.

  • Balanced budget reached by pinching pennies

    The third time is the charm.

    At least that's how many workshops it took before the Williston City Council came up with a balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2016-2017.

    Monday night the council met to discuss cuts to the budget that would prevent the city from drawing on its reserves – about $44,000 –  to fund this year's expenses.

  • City hall top priority for council

     By Carolyn Ten Broeck

    After months of discussions and two extended workshops where residents were encouraged to add their ideas, the report for the future of Williston was unveiled last week to the city council.

    Professional facilitator Marilyn Crotty summarized what both council and residents brainstormed and put it into a report listing goals and objectives.

    Topping that list is the goal to develop a new city hall.