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Four County Commissioners to Attend Conference in Washington D.C.

WASHINGTON D.C. – Four Hernando County Commissioners are en route to the Florida County Commissioners Conference in Washington D.C., to be held at the White House tomorrow afternoon.

The announcement comes as a surprise to most Hernando County residents but not for surrounding counties. In Pinellas County, Chairperson Janet Long and Commissioner Charlie Justice will be attending. Five Pasco County Commissioners are attending the conference and Commissioner Jimmy Smith of Citrus County has decided to make the trip.

The two-day event will allow Commissioners from around Florida to meet with high-level officials and discuss relationships between county and federal agencies.

Commissioners are not expected to meet with President Donald Trump but they will be taking a tour of the White House.

Hernando County Officials did not formally announce the trip but they did provide an outline what the trip will cost taxpayers upon our request. 

According Public Information Manager Virginia Singer, the total cost for the four Commissioner attending the event is less that $1,000 each, if they choose to use the rate allowed for meals. Commissioner Steve Champion says he plans to spend his own money for anything outside of airfare and hotel costs.

Commissioners Champion, Allocco, Dukes, and Nicholson are all attending the conference but Commissioner Holcomb chose to decline, stating, “This came at a very bad time as I’ve just returned from a 13-month deployment overseas.” Holcomb further stated, “I’m getting back to my multiple responsibilities… I appreciate that members of the White House are reaching out to local governments, I think it says a lot about the new leadership we have in Washington.”

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  • They can watch it online @ save all tax payers the money. A total waste.

    Thursday, 27 July 2017, 8:48 am
  • Stop it, son…i told you about being such a “negative nancy”!

    Thursday, 27 July 2017, 6:22 am
  • Waste of tax payers money, commissioners are so low in the food chain, why were they invited?

    Thursday, 27 July 2017, 4:16 am
  • I agree with boardstiff this trip us a good use of our tax dollars. This is a job related expense. The more our board members know about government the better they can lead.

    Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 7:30 pm
    • They can watch it online @ save us $$$$$

      Thursday, 27 July 2017, 6:50 am
      • Watching online is appropriate in some cases this is not one of them.

        Friday, 28 July 2017, 6:24 pm
  • I for one am pleased that these commissioners will take there time to address State and Federal Lawmakers and Represent our little county of Hernando.And at that price for airfare and Hotels they should eat off the county’s cuff..Thank you all

    Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 7:16 pm
    • What a waste of tax dollars they cannot do anything here what makes you think they are going learn anything .they are not going to bring anything back to help Hernando except that we had a good time

      Thursday, 27 July 2017, 6:28 pm
  • If they meet Trump he’ll tell them he won the election by at least a billion votes. It’s got to be that high by now. /s

    Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 6:37 pm
  • Nicholson will be like a hound in heat around those high-class D.C. hookers!

    Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 4:53 pm
  • Couldn’t just send one, who could fill in the others upon return? Keep on flushing the money down the touilet….what is the DIRECT benefit to taxpayers?

    Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 4:34 pm
    • toilet

      Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 4:35 pm

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