Sheriff Incensed Over Short Notice for Proposed Tax – Cemex Goes to Vote
HERNANDO – The Hernando County Board of County Commissioners could decide the fate of two major agenda items tomorrow; a planned mining expansion by Cemex Construction Material Corporation, and a proposed Municipal Service Taxing Unit (MSTU) for Law Enforcement.
“This proposed new tax by the County Administrator (Len Sossamon) increases bureaucracy in both the county government and the Sheriff’s Office” said Sheriff Al Nienhuis, in a statement provided to the media today. He went on to say “…it does not provide benefit to the citizens… and negates many of the tax-saving and efficiency-improving policies that the Board and I have diligently worked on over the last several years.”
Nienhuis says his office only learned of the proposed tax late Thursday evening and it was not through official channels, as they have always been advised before. “Even with these unreasonable time constraints, and keeping our problem-solving mission in mind, I intend to provide a couple of alternatives to this high risk and costly proposal…”
To read Sheriff Nienhuis’ statement in full, which includes the MTSU proposal, click this link: SHERIFF NIENHUIS MSTU.
The Cemex mining proposal, planned for 573 acres along Cortez Blvd, has rallied strong opposition by thousands of county residents, who say the operation will destroy habitats, cause pollution, and even threaten a nearby African-American Veteran Cemetery.
For more information on the CEMEX proposal follow this link: CEMEX MINING
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