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FDLE arrests Dixie County City Manager for official misconduct

Story Submitted The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) arrested Gary Pinner, 58, of Old Town, on one count of official misconduct. Pinner is charged with misusing city employees, city equipment, city inventory, and an inmate work crew to provide free water services to certain Dixie County residents, including his future son-in-law. The FDLE investigation determined that on three separate occasions, Pinner, in his official role as Cross City City Manager, instructed Water Department employees to perform work on private properties utilizing city resources outside and beyond the scope of…

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Greenville Town Council: Quarrel, Division, Retraction, Reversals

Chris Jones: Green Publishing, Inc. Things have gone from bad to worse for the Greenville Town Council. Months of internal squabbling, contradiction, and discontent have obstructed the local government body from doing much at all for the residents they were elected to represent. The underlying issue has been absences, what constitutes an excuse of such absence, and whether or not those absences warrant a council member losing their position, as dictated by the town charter. At last month’s meeting, the Town Attorney, Town Manager, and Town Grants Consultant all submitted…

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City Commission Meeting: Tentative millage rate to remain the same

During the regular meeting of the Madison City Commission on Tuesday, July 11, City Manager Tim Bennett recommended the City Commission set a tentative millage rate of seven mils. One mil is one dollar per $1,000 assessed value of a piece of property. This rate of seven mils would be expected to bring in $611,304 in ad valorem taxes for the City. This is based on the current gross taxable value of $87,329,149. This seven mils rate is the same rate as the current rate. The Commissioners passed this tentative…

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Local: Madison County jobless rate unchanged

Lazaro Aleman: Greene Publishing, Inc. Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 percent in May, down 0.2 percentage point from April’s rate of 4.5 percent and the same as the national rate. It is also nearly down to what it was in Florida in May 2007, when the Great Recession started. In Madison County, the jobless rate remained at 4.2 percent, the same as the previous month. However, in Jefferson County, it rose to 4.2 percent in May, 0.2 of a percentage point from April’s rate of 4.0 percent….

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