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Today's News

  • County adopts tentative millage rate

    Levy County was on its way to being unable to pay its bills by the end of 2019, according to budget figures presented by Finance Officer Jared Blanton at the tentative millage meeting Thursday, Aug. 3, in Bronson.

    Recent moves by the county commission – most notably, an uptick in millage, a new gas tax, department cuts and reallocations, and, going forward, a cap on employee insurance plans – have helped paint a more optimistic financial future for the county.

  • County caps insurance payouts for employees

    Levy County is on the high end of spending on health insurance for employees among Florida counties, and it’s proving costly to keep up with rising insurance costs while still offering competitive compensation packages to recruit and retain its workforce.

    At the Board meeting on July 18, the County Commission voted unanimously to cap its health insurance payouts for non-elected county employees who sign up for insurance.

  • County criticized over handling of insurance, wage changes

    The Levy Board of County Commissioners Tuesday came under criticism during public comments for their handling of recent changes to insurance and wages for county employees.

    The Board on July 18 voted unanimously to cap insurance payouts while offering tiered offsets in the form of increased wages.

    Sally Ann Collins introduced the issue in public comments, lamenting the lack of transparency over the changes. She criticized the Board for voting on the changes during an afternoon budget meeting, rather than during it’s regular morning meeting.

  • Six more caught in second sweep

    By SCOTT TUMMOND, LCSO Media Relations

    On Saturday evening, Aug. 5, and into Sunday, the Levy County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit and Uniformed Patrol Division continued high intensity narcotic interdiction in the Cedar Key/Rosewood area. K-9 Supervisor Sgt. Kevin Kinik with his partner, Zombie, and Deputy Gary Garboski with his partner, Molly, along with multiple patrol deputies made six additional arrests Saturday and Sunday in the sheriff office’s continued drug interdiction efforts.

  • IFAS ‘science’ protects lawns, not springs

    By Bob Palmer, Florida Springs Institute

  • LCSO arrests 3 in first drug sweep

    By SCOTT TUMMOND, LCSO Media Relations

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force and Uniformed Patrol Division conducted a targeted drug enforcement operation Thursday, Aug. 3, in the Rosewood/Cedar Key area which began Wednesday evening and continued into Thursday morning.

    Citizens who reside in these areas of the county have filed complaints of recent drug activity in their neighborhoods and Sheriff Bobby McCallum answered their call.

  • School millage rate falls as property values rise

    The rise in total property value in Levy County has led to a drop in the tentative millage rate just passed by the School Board of Levy County.

    The SBLC on Monday voted to adopt the tentative millage at the rollback rate, which is the rate required to collect roughly the same amount of revenue as the previous fiscal year.

  • Levy gets to rating in audit

    Deborah Goad, Citizen Correspondent

    Levy County received a top rating for its recent fiscal audit report at the July 18 meeting of the Levy Board of County Commissioners.

    Frank Mason, a CPA with the auditing firm Carr Riggs & Ingram, presented the audit report to the commission, congratulating the County for receiving the highest level "Unmodified Opinion."

  • Walker seeks help for Levy Arc

    By Rebecca Gallagher, Citizen Correspondent

    “Ms. Betty” Walker spoke to the Chiefland Rotary Club Wednesday, July 26, as executive director of Levy County Arc to ask for “help.” Walker is also mayor of Chiefland.

    The Levy County Arc is a chapter of The Arc, the largest community-based national organization advocating for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD).

  • Tri-County children often leave county for foster care

    The overwhelming majority of children in Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist County who enter foster care have to leave the Tri-County area.

    That was a major takeaway from a talk last Thursday by Michelle Giordano, the foster care recruitment specialist for Partnership for Strong Families, at a meeting of the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club in Chiefland.

    Giordano reported that there are 31 children from the Tri-County area currently in licensed foster care homes; 87 percent of those children are living outside the county they're originally from.