Hernando County officials want sinkhole relief

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BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Hernando County Commissioners are appealing to state and federal legislators for sinkhole relief.

The Tampa Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/16jV26h ) that since 2000, the property appraiser's office has recorded 6,106 sinkhole properties in Hernando County. Of those, 2,726 were repaired and 3,380 were not repaired.

The commission will send a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for financial relief.

Officials say sinkholes are a drain on the local economy, and the outlook for 2013 remains grim.

Sinkhole-labeled homes continue to affect property values. Some officials think that the county must take action by appealing to state and federal legislators and declaring a disaster situation in Hernando County.