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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