BROOKSVILLE, Fla. -

Hernando County Commissioners are appealing to state and federal legislators for sinkhole relief.

The Tampa Tribune reports 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.