From the Desk of the Mayor September

September 15, 2016

Dear Citizens of Belleview,

I am pleased to announce that Commissioners Ernst and Smith, as well as myself, were re-elected for another term, without opposition. I am honored to once again have the opportunity to serve our city! While there will be no commission seats on the ballot this November, you will see an amended city charter item. Our city charter has not been amended in quite a few years and some of the sections are outdated. The new charter reflects the necessary changes, as well as some other proposed changes. Our four commission seats currently are held for a term of four years. The Mayor/Commissioner seat is held for a term of two years. The proposed charter changes this seat to four years, in order to be consistent with the other seats. The proposed charter also changes the requirements to disband the police department. In the new version, the police department can only be disbanded by holding a referendum vote of the citizens. A copy of the proposed charter will be available on the city website at www.belleviewfl.org and will also be available at city hall. If you have any questions, please call Sandi McKamey at 352-233-2116 or myself at 352-789-7658.

In other news, we are still taking applications for the Belleview Youth Commission. This opportunity is open to high school students in grades 9 through 12, who attend public, private, or homeschool. Applications can be accessed online on the city’s website. Speaking of the city website, please be on the lookout for some big changes! Our website is currently being updated, and I am excited to announce the city will also be debuting our new mobile application!

We have several pending, unconfirmed new businesses who are considering locating in the city of Belleview. One is a proposed gas station/convenience store to be located on the corner of Hwy 441 and CR 484. The other is a proposed restaurant to be located in the old Long John Silver’s building. I will let you know as soon as I receive more information on these projects!

Please join us on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 6:00 pm for our regularly scheduled commission meeting. We will be holding the final public hearing for the 2016/2017 city budget. The millage rate will remain the same as last year, as will a large portion of the budget. Some proposed changes include capital improvements to be funded through the new one-cent sales tax that was passed in Marion County earlier this year. This money will be used to expand our existing police department building, as well as to purchase several new police cars.

Sincerely,

Mayor Christine K. Dobkowski