[2014-01-02] Hopefully this is the start of a tradition similar to what cousin Punxsutawney Phil does in Gobbler Knob, Pennsylvania, that being, making a forecast. This is the blogging GroundHog's forecast concerning what the new year will bring, here in Citrus County. Some of these are an outright certainty, others not so much, and a few are meant to lift spirits and bring a chuckle. So here you have GroundHog's Citrus County forecast for the upcoming year.
What's It Worth? Duke vs. Greene - Should Be On Pay Per View
The Duke Energy tax dispute will go to trial with Duke prevailing. The uproar from the community will force current Property Appraiser Geoff Greene to step down from his position. In the alternative, the Property Appraiser will prevail and Duke will appeal, in which case GroundHog and others will ask, what's the definition of winning? We all know the outcome of the first scenario is completely off base for two reasons. First, no one in Citrus County ever steps down from anything, no matter how justified, think past County legal advice. Second, this community only gets upset when a relative makes the crime report of the Chronicle. If it has to do with quality of life issues or irresponsible government no one gives a . . .
Changing Of The Guard
Both seats on the County Commission will change, but not for the reasons many think. Current Commissioner Rebecca Bays will not seek reelection to her County Commission seat in District 4. Instead, Bays will seek the State House of Representative seat currently held by Jimmie T. Smith. Smith for his part, will unilaterally make the race closer than many would expect, this will result from Smith replacing his previous campaign strategist. Way To Go Jimmie!! Nothing like snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
Let Them Speak
A truncated version of the public participation will come back to the BOCC. Citizens must remember, this is an election year, all politicians need and count votes. As such, Commission Chairman “JJ” Kenney, while often exhibiting signs of being born yesterday, albeit it was not last night, will see the proverbial handwriting on the wall. Kenney will therefore recognize the benefits of instituting the public participation and once again allow citizens to speak to motions which are before his Board for consideration.
The County Administration will continue to pursue revenue strategies which are tied to increasing taxes and/or selling County assets. In contravention to a zero-based, means tested approach, the Administration will focus on further erroding our remaining reserves and once again another year will pass when the County will use those pesky Audit Committee letters from Tally as origami material. Here's a link to OrigamiUSA which our administration is likely a member of, based upon the way they treat those audit letters. Just in case citizens would like to learn the art form.
Busack And Our Special Interest Med Corridor
The medical corridor will continue to extract County staffers time and resources. While simultaneously providing not one signed contract with an affected landowner, sans Geoff Greene. Eminent domain attorney Fred Busack, who was brought in to orchestrate this induced hallucination of a project, will announce he has purchased a chalet in Switzerland. When asked for a comment on his billing hours Busack retorts, “ County taxpayers have funded me for nearly the entire past decade, if the Sheriff would use the helicopter to pick me up and drop me off, the County could save on tolls.” In a related matter the Sheriff announces it will in fact be beneficial for his office to operate the chopper as an emergency trauma unit. Busack tags along for the ride because he's certified in situations which require life support - think Port Citrus and the med corridor.
This is just a sampling of the forecast for 2014. Tomorrow GroundHog will conclude with the remaining portions of the forecast. Hope you enjoy and please let us know what your thoughts and possibly prayers are for Citrus County in the coming new year.