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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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  • Heard Rowen talking about making a lot of money on something over the phone a week or so back

    Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 12:17 am
  • What a inside hack job by our elected commissioners. The voters-taxpayers of Hernando County DID NOT pass their county/school 1% tax increase. This ploy is suppose to be by the county administrator but rest assured it is being directed behind the scenes by the commissioners. Take it to the bank.
    They will get our money one way or the other. How about taxing all the sinkhole properties at full assessment not the discounted rate these home owners received for cheating the system. These homes with all the slurry pumped under them are guaranteed to be better that non-repaired homes. Bet there is several million in additional tax revenue that is very legit.
    Believe the sheriff on this one he is a very creditable man.

    Monday, 27 April 2015, 10:45 pm
  • This is not the first time Comrade Rowden has tried to pass this new tax, she probably wants to open a park for people to take their pet goldfish to play.

    Monday, 27 April 2015, 9:23 pm
  • County Commission meetings should be held in the evenings…
    But go ahead.. TAX us more and more and still more.

    Monday, 27 April 2015, 8:40 pm
  • You are correct, Sam. While Rowden is the only one standing with the people on the CEMEX issue, she is instrumental (being played by Sossamon) on the Sheriff MSTU. All five need to go, right after Sossamon.

    Monday, 27 April 2015, 6:12 pm
  • This is politics as usual. Not only are the County Commission meetings held at an inconvenient time for a majority of voters who actually work for a living, but they make it difficult for people to be heard and they push things through that are good for business owners who want to line their pockets. These Commissioners were put in place for the good of the residents – all of them! Think about it because you can all be replaced!

    Monday, 27 April 2015, 4:58 pm
  • Our county commissioner need replaced!

    Monday, 27 April 2015, 4:36 pm

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