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Firefighters in The Villages could break off from Sumter County’s system to form its own fire district, an idea pitched to a citizen task force Wednesday that is exploring how to improve the county’s emergency medical services and ambulance transports.

Sumter County commissioners — three of whom were newly elected on a promise to roll back 2019’s 25% property tax increase — will meet today on a budget that includes trimming that rate by only 3%.

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Preparing for hurricanes is a ritual as Floridian as oranges, manatees and Mickey Mouse. Hurricane season officially kicked off June 1 and will run through Nov. 30. Although hurricanes can happen outside of that period, the season is when the storms are most likely. With forecasts suggesting…