Citrus County Housing Services Home Energy Assistance IVR Appointment Line

Citrus County Housing Services has a new automated ‘interactive voice response’ telephone system that will help clients schedule a home energy assistance appointment and hear information regarding the program and/or required documentation needed for an appointment without waiting to speak to a program assistant. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low-income families with home heating and cooling costs.

This new, toll-free service will be utilized for LIHEAP appointment scheduling and is available twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. Callers who require special assistance can connect directly to a live operator by following the phone menu prompts, Monday through Friday between 10 am and 12 pm and 2 pm to 4 pm.
The system is very user friendly. The caller can follow the prompts to get the information needed and/or to schedule an appointment if available. The system provides a confirmation number indicating that an appointment was successfully scheduled.

Appointments are scheduled up to two weeks in advance. When those slots are full, new appointments will open up daily or in the event of cancellation. Households may begin calling the toll-free IVR line effective January 6, 2014. Calls will no longer be accepted on the existing LIHEAP number.
The new number is 855-806-9648.

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Elvis to perform at Central Ridge Community Center

Elvis is back in the building! Billy Lindsey as “Elvis” will be at the Central Ridge Community Center at Beverly Hills, located at 77 Civic Circle in Beverly Hills presented by Citrus County Parks and Recreation. This event will be on Friday, May 9 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm with doors opening at 6:00pm.
Billy Lindsey was the winner of The ELVIS Extravaganza at the Florida State Fair 2012 and Overall Champion and Fan Favorite. He always draws a big crowd for Parks and Recreation, so get your tickets early.
The volunteers from the Nature Coast Volunteer Center will be selling burger and hot dog plates.
Ticket price is $5 for Members of the Center and $8 for Non-members and will available at Parks and Recreation Offices. For information, please call 465-7007, 746-4882 or 527-7540.

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County Offices Closed for Good Friday Holiday

Citrus County Government offices will be closed Friday, April 18 in observance of Good Friday.

The county landfill will be open on Friday from 8 am to 2:30 pm, but the administrative office will be closed all day. There will be no Hazardous Waste Drop-offs on Good Friday. For more information on landfill hours, call 527-7670 during office hours or go to the county’s Web site at www.bocc.citrus.fl.us. Click on departments, then Public Works, then Solid Waste.

Libraries will be closed on Friday, but will return to normal business hours on Saturday, April 19. For more information on library branches, please visit http://www.citruslibraries.org/index.php/index.php/all-branches

All Community buildings and parks will be closed on Friday. Bicentennial Pool will be open and Central Ridge pool is closed until May.

Animal Services will be closed Friday, and will re-open at 10:00 am on Saturday, April 19.

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Training Offered to Become Animal Foster Home

Citrus County Animal Services invites you to attend an information/training session on becoming a foster home for shelter animals to be held on Wednesday, April 30 from 10 am to noon. The training will be held at the Citrus County Canning Center, located at 3405 W. Southern Street in Lecanto (off CR 491 and SR 44). Please RSVP to Billie Lombardo, Citrus County Animal Services Volunteer Coordinator at Billie.lombardo@bocc.citrus.fl.us or call 352-746-8408.

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Two Community Band Performances to be Held in May

The Nature Coast Community Band, under the direction of conductor Cindy Hazzard, will present two productions of “Romanza” on May 3 and 4. The first performance is scheduled at 2:30 pm on Saturday, May 3 at the Citrus Springs Community Center, located at 1570 W Citrus Springs Blvd in Citrus Springs, and the second performance is scheduled at 2:30 pm on Sunday, May 4 at the Cornerstone Baptist Church, located at 1100 W Highland Ave in Inverness. Narrated by Doreen Morgan, the program highlights music of the Romantic Era. The romantic composers succeeded in expressing their feelings, externalizing their dreams, sharing their ecstasies and shouting their triumphs. They moved music into individualism and self-expression and away from the strict classical adherence to form. Beginning with the Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla (Mikhail Glinka), the program offers selections by Stravinsky (The Firebird), Tchaikovsky (Pezzo in Forma di Sonatina), Moussorgsky (Gopak from “The Fair At Sorochinski”), Offenbach (Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld”) and Liszt (Friska from Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2). A special treat will be Smith’s Freya: Goddess of Beauty and Love from his Teutonic Tales, performed by NCCB tuba soloist, Dylan Jones. Also, the NCCB will premiere a new composition entitled Pictures by NCCB clarinetist and composer, Nancy Furman. Pictures themes are taken from Modest Moussorgsky’s Pictures At An Exhibition. The program also includes Krakowiak by Glinka and Scenes From Old Russia, with excerpts from Tchaikovsky and Moussorgsky pieces. The program offers a wide variety of expressive and dramatic music. The 75 volunteer musicians of the Nature Coast Community Band rehearse weekly in Inverness.

For more information on performing with this band, go to www.naturecoastcommunityband.com
or call 352-601-7394. All NCCB concerts are free of admission charge; the band is supported by donations from NCCB Friends and sales of the 7 NCCB CD’s.

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Bicentennial Pool Closed for Repairs April 14 and 15

Bicentennial Pool will be closed to public use on Monday, April 14 and Tuesday, April 15 due to necessary repairs. The pool will re-open for normal business hours on Wednesday, April 16. Please contact Parks & Recreation Department at 352-527-7540 for any questions.

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Application Deadline May 1 for Hardship Assistance for Fire Protection Assessment

In accordance with Resolution 2013-115 Section 4, Citrus County has created a Hardship Assistance Program to assist residential property owners, who meet eligibility criteria, with the financial burden created by the imposition of the Municipal Services Benefit Unit for Fire Protection Assessment that was approved on July 23, 2013.

Applications will not be accepted after the close of business on Thursday, May 1, 2014. Applications can be submitted to Citrus County Housing Services and a determination will be based upon the provided information. If deemed qualified for the hardship assistance, the County shall pay the Fire Protection Assessment imposed on the qualified homesteaded property.

The following qualifications must be met to be considered eligible for hardship assistance:
• Applicant must be the owner of the residential property and be granted homestead exemption
• The total household income of all lawful occupants of the property shall be less than or equal to 30% of the current income limits established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), as adjusted for family size (income limits are listed on application)
• The applicant shall have the present intent to maintain the residential property as their permanent residence through the remainder of the fiscal year
• Prior to May 1 each year, the applicant shall file with Citrus County Housing Services an application and all supporting documentation to be considered for eligibility
• Applications submitted without complete and proper documentation will be disqualified and denied

Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted in person or by mail. No applications submitted by email will be considered. Supporting documentation for all occupants of the property from all sources is required and examples of documentation are included on the application. Copies of originals are encouraged and accepted. No documents will be returned. The property owner must be able to provide the Tax Parcel ID number when completing the application and signature is required.

The application form is available at Citrus County Housing Services, Lecanto Government Building, Citrus County Courthouse Administration Office 2nd floor, the Property Appraiser’s Office, the Tax Collector’s Office and on the following websites: www.bocc.citrus.fl.us and www.sheriffcitrus.org

Send completed application together with supporting documentation to:
Citrus County Board of County Commissioners
Attn: Housing Services
2804 W. Marc Knighton Court #12
Lecanto, FL 34461

For any questions, please call Citrus County Housing Services at 352-527-7520.

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County Accepting Applications for Mobile Home Park or RV Park Vacancy Adjustment for Fire Protection Assessment

In accordance with Resolution 2013-115 Section 5, each owner of mobile home park or recreational vehicle (RV) park property will be given the opportunity to demonstrate the vacancy rate in space occupancy within such property and receive a vacancy adjustment to the Fire Protection Assessments that was approved on July 23, 2013.

Applications are now available and can be submitted to the County and a determination will be based on evidence of a vacancy rate provided by the property owner. The vacancy rate shall be defined as the percentage of available spaces within a mobile home park or RV park that were vacant between January 1, 2013 through and including December 21, 2013.

The following information must be given to be considered eligible for a vacancy adjustment:
• Applicant must be the owner of the property
• Applicant shall complete the application in full, including the vacancy rate calculation (formula provided on application)

Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted in person or by mail. No applications submitted by email will be considered. The property owner must be able to provide the Tax Parcel ID number when completing the application and signature is required. Copies of originals are encouraged and accepted. No documents will be returned.

The application form is available at Citrus County Housing Services, Lecanto Government Building, Citrus County Courthouse Administration Office 2nd floor, the Property Appraiser’s Office, the Tax Collector’s Office and on the following websites: www.bocc.citrus.fl.us and www.sheriffcitrus.org

Send completed application together with supporting documentation to:
Citrus County Land Section
Attn: Citrus County Fire Protection Assessment
3600 W. Sovereign Path, Suite 205
Lecanto, FL 34461

For any questions, please call Citrus County Land Section at 352-527-5458.

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County Commission gives Service Awards to Employees

The Citrus County Commission at its regular board meeting on April 8th presented service awards to employees.

5 years
Dr. Julie Rosenberger, Animal Services Director in the Department of Community Services, Animal Services Division.

10 years
Joanna Coutu-Land Development Director in the Department of Planning and Development.

15 years
Mark Helsell- Medium Equipment Operator in the Department of Public
Works, Road Maintenance Division.

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BOCC Proclaims April 16, 2014 as “National Healthcare Decisions Day”

(Attached picture: Commissioner Scott Adams; Commissioner Joe Meek; Jonathan Beard, Grief Services Manage with Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast; Commissioner Dennis Damato; Joe Foster, Public Relations Manager with Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast; Commissioner Rebecca Bays; Commisisoner J.J. Kenney)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting proclaiming April 16, 2014 as “National Healthcare Decisions Day” in Citrus County, Florida. National Healthcare Decisions Day is a national initiative to encourage adults of all ages to plan ahead of a health crisis. Making decisions ahead of time and putting your wishes in writing brings peace of mind to families.

Planning for a health crisis ahead of time in the form of a “living will” helps to avoid the difficult situations that are so common when a person becomes seriously ill and the family is left to guess what their loved one would have wanted. Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast will present a “Five Wishes Workshop” at the Wings Education Center in Homosassa on Wednesday April 16 at 2:00 p.m. to provide more information about healthcare decisions and living wills. Please call 352-527-2020 for more information about this workshop.

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