News Update for 8/2/22

Highlands County commissioners this morning approved the re-imposition of the fire assessment for all home, business and other property owners in the county. The action comes with a seven percent increase over the current fiscal year.
That will bring and additional $700,000 in tax money for the operation of the fire services here. Commissioners also voted to put six more county owned lots up for sale.

The second two county recycling facilities are slated to open their gates today. Both the Avon Park and Sebring locations now join the Lake Placid operation in collecting plastic, paper, aluminum and cardboard.
Avon Park will be open from 2-5:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays with Sebring to be open the same hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
A monitor will be on hand to make certain that the loads are dumped properly.

More local candidates are coming to the Highlands Tea Party this evening. Both Highlands School Board candidate Reece Martin and District 18 Congressional candidate Wendy Schmeling will be making presentations and answering questions from citizens.
The meeting will be held at the Vietnam Veterans Hall, 33565 Grand Prix Drive, behind the Sebring Wal-Mart. The doors will open at 5pm with the meeting to commence at 6pm.