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Agreement pending Council’s OK; MCFR will handle fire inspections in city

County approves fire services deal

By Jeff Bryan

If the City Council agrees to the Marion County Commissioner’s pact for allowing Marion County Fire Rescue to assume control of fire services within the city limits, it could come at a much steeper cost to taxpayers than initially expected.

The County Commissioners on Tuesday approved an agreement, but the Council must sign off on the contract Monday at its regular meeting. If it does, it will mean the taxpayers might have to pick up the bill for the first year of county-run services.


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Council will host first public hearing Monday

Taxes 101: What does it all mean?

By Jeff Bryan

Editor's Note: This story appeared in the Sept. 7 edition of the Riverland News. Due to Hurricane Irma, the Council meeting was rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18.

Come Monday, the Dunnellon City Council will host the first of two public hearings regarding its Fiscal Year 2018 Budget. Among the financial topics the Council will discuss include a reduction in ad valoreum taxes, the implementation of a fire assessment and increases in water and sewer rates.

Question: What does reducing ad valoreum taxes, or millage rates, mean for property owners?

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Officials expect severe power outages

Fire Chief: City to see ‘catastrophic impact’ from Irma

By Jeff Bryan

 The city of Dunnellon is bracing for a significant hit from Hurricane Irma, according to city officials.

The Category 4 storm is churning its way through the Gulf of Mexico. According to Dunnellon Fire Chief Troy Slattery, he expects the storm to have a “catastrophic impact” on the city of Dunnellon.

“There are no more preparations that can be made at this time,” Slattery said Sunday morning.

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Dunnellon High to open as general population shelter; Mandatory evacuation for mobile home residents

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT URGES SW MARION COUNTY RESIDENTS TO SEEK SHELTER

 Due to recent weather advisories issued by the National Weather Service, officials with the Marion County Division of Emergency Management have developed great concern for the area of southwest Marion County during Hurricane Irma. The National Weather Service is expecting the areas of Dunnellon, Rainbow Lakes Estates and the State Road 200 corridor to experience hurricane force winds that could reach up to 110 mph beginning Sunday morning.

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Marion County schools closed Friday, Monday

County, city declare state of local emergency

The Marion County Board of County Commissioners as well as the city of Dunnellon declared a state of local emergency Tuesday in anticipation of the potential for severe weather resulting from Hurricane Irma’s approach toward the Sunshine State. This local state of emergency is issued under the provisions provided by Florida Statutes and follows Gov. Rick Scott’s declaration for all 67 counties in Florida.

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Multiuse path into city could be done in two to three years

Sights set on state funds for trail

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Mayor, councilwoman says report ‘blown out’ of context

State: Returning funds not a ‘cure’

By Jeff Bryan

When it was discovered soliciting funds could be considered unethical, city officials said they immediately “corrected” the problem by returning those monies.

While the monies have been returned the ethical question may not be completely settled, according to a document obtained in a public records request.

In an email to the Florida Commission on Ethics, City Attorney Andrew Hand wrote “at least one reporting individual requested donations from vendors doing business with the city.”

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Records: Vendors, businesses, individuals contributed

City solicits ‘party’ funds

By Jeff Bryan

Dawn Bowne had sought permission of the city council on June 1 to solicit funds for an “invitation only” party, but it wasn’t the newly appointed city administrator who reached out to a number of vendors, businesses and individuals.

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That’s according to documents obtained in a public records request by the Riverland News detailing the solicitations.

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