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Updated: 10/04/2013 06:27:16PM

Legislative Delegation to host hearing, input from citizens asked

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Are there issues and concerns that you want state lawmakers to be aware of? Do you want to offer suggestions or vent complaints about issues that effect your life? An opportunity will be available soon to allow area residents to speak with the state’s decision makers.

The Highlands County Legislative Delegation will meet Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the County Commission chambers at the Highlands County Government Center, 600 South Commerce Avenue, Sebring.

First up will be consideration of local bills for the 2014 Legislative Session, proposed by such agencies as the County Commission and Highlands County School District and possibly the three municipalities in the county.

Senator Grimsley said proposals for local bills are expected to be presented at the hearing, drafted in bill form and accompanied by a resolution from the local government supporting the proposed legislation. This information must be received at Senator Grimsley’s office at 205 South Commerce Avenue, Suite A, Sebring.

Then, private citizens will have the opportunity to share their thoughts with lawmakers. To be placed on the agenda, contact Senator Grimsley’s staff at 863-386-6016 — keeping in mind the deadline of noon on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

Those wishing to address the Legislative Delegation will need to provide eight copies of a completed participation request form and eight copies of your material, all of which need to be three-hole punched. The material will be placed into a three-ring binder therefore no folders, notebooks, etc. are necessary.

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Congratulations to Highlands County Tax Collector Eric T. Zwayer and his staff for a Legacy Award for excellence in the field of financial operations. Zwayer was one of only a dozen tax collectors across Florida to earn the coveted Legacy Award this year.

The recognition came from the Florida Tax Collector’s Association.

The award came after a five-person panel of governmental financial experts performed a detailed review of the tax collector’s financial records, practices and the use of technology. The judges focused on four areas of expertise: innovation and automation, a perfect annual audit report, customer focus, and budgeting.

We’ve seen firsthand the dedication of Zwayer and his staff at offices in Lake Placid, Sebring and Avon Park. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable, efficient and eager to embrace evolving technologies. Those are traits you’ll see in Zwayer, too.

Eric T. Zwayer and his entire staff deserve hearty congratulations for a job well done.