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Hernando commission, sheriff settle differences with $1.26 million budget increase

BROOKSVILLE — A familiar proposal to fund a portion of the Hernando County Sheriff's Office through a special taxing district came to a familiar end Tuesday when the County Commission turned down the idea with an informal vote before a packed house of residents who opposed the idea. It took less than five minutes. A few minutes later, the commission also approved by formal vote a $1.26 million settlement of the budget dispute between the county and the sheriff that has raged for six months, driving a wedge between county commissioners and Sheriff Al Nienhuis.

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Fighting City Hall: Push for more state control angers cities and counties

TALLAHASSEE — You can fight City Hall. The state Legislature does it all the time. That's what Florida cities and counties are saying as they battle legislators who want to limit the power of local government, led by House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes. "Our founders got it right," Corcoran says. "When they set up a Constitution, they basically said that the federal government exists with these enumerated powers. What's not enumerated, all of it, belongs to the states. Every bit of it."

At Vacation-Rental Town Hall, Renner Hears Unanimity Against Impairing Local Control

When Rep. Paul Renner was filling in background on the vacation-rental issue for a capacity crowd at the Hammock Community Center late Saturday afternoon, he identified the House bill in question as HB425. “And there’s a Senate companion. I don’t know the number of that bill,” he said. “One-eighty-eight,” the crowd immediately yelled back as if in a revival’s call-and-response fashion: it’s not often that a mass of ordinary people hundreds of miles from the state capital can sound like wonks down to the minutiae of legislative bill numbers.