Pasco County’s fiscal picture appears bright for 2020

As budget planning ramps up for fiscal year 2020, Pasco County officials believe the county has bright economic prospects for the coming year. “We're now projecting for the fiscal 2020 budget an increase of 9.5 percent of countywide taxable assessed values. That is the same increase as we had in fiscal year 2019,” said Robert Goehig, budget director for Pasco County. “This 9.5 percent … [Read more...]

Business Digest 05/08/2019

Main Street accreditation Main Street Zephyrhills Inc., has been designated as a Main Street America program for meeting rigorous accreditation standards, according to a news release from the Main Street Zephyrhills office. The performance of Main Street Zephyrhills Inc., is evaluated annually by the Florida Main Street Program, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to … [Read more...]

Pasco County is eyeing rental registry

The Pasco County Commission is considering the possibility of requiring owners of rental property to sign up on a rental registry —  to enable the county to find property owners quickly, if the need arises. “It really is a life-safety issue,” said Commissioner Mike Wells, who is working on the initiative. “We need to do something,” Wells said, during the commission’s April 23 meeting. He … [Read more...]

‘It’s been a great ride,’ celebrated horsewoman says

Millions of Americans are gearing up to watch the Kentucky Derby, which is set for its 145th running on May 4 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. It’s a race steeped in tradition: Kentucky Derby Hats, mint juleps, the singing of “My Old Kentucky Home” and the garland of roses at the Winner’s Circle. It’s also the first race in the Triple Crown, a title awarded to the 3-year-old … [Read more...]

Bicycle association honors Kathryn Starkey’s tenacity, service

Becky Afonso, executive director of the Florida Bicycle Association, recently honored Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey as its 2018 Elected Official Champion of the Year. Afonso highlighted Starkey’s tenacity and public service during the Pasco County Commission’s April 23 meeting. The association executive reminded commissioners that the Tri-County Trail connection won the 2014 … [Read more...]

Business Digest 05/01/2019

Chick-fil-A opening in Wesley Chapel Chick-fil-A is opening its first location in Wesley Chapel on May 2, at 28295 State Road 54, with a community celebration that is a 15-year tradition for the restaurant. One hundred adults have a chance to win free Chick-fil-A meals for a year. People of all ages will join an overnight First 100 Campout party, beginning with registration beginning on May 1 at … [Read more...]

Pasco library patrons asked to share their ideas

Pasco County Libraries is remaking its seven branches and wants the public to help guide the way. There will be a series of Community Listening Sessions as the design phase of library remodeling gets underway, according to a news release from the county. Anyone with ideas about the planned use of various spaces within the renovated library branches is invited to attend a session to share … [Read more...]

Pasco administrator emphasizes teamwork, service

As Pasco County’s rapid growth continues, County Administrator Dan Biles said his team continues to focus on the county’s mission. Stated simply, it’s this: “Serving our community to create a better future.” Biles loves the clarity and simplicity of the statement. “How many governments have a mission statement that is eight words?” the administrator asked, during a recent luncheon meeting … [Read more...]

Incentives add jobs, boost economy

When Pasco County spends money from its Jobs and Economic Opportunity Trust Fund, it’s getting a healthy return on investment, according to David Engel, manager of the Pasco County Office of Economic Growth. Engel recently gave the Pasco County Commission an update on the county’s primary incentive programs. Between 2015 and 2025, the county expects to collect $60 million for its Jobs and … [Read more...]

USF dean shares tips for successful negotiations        

When it comes to negotiations, there are two basic truths. One, everyone negotiates. And, two, everything is negotiable. At least that’s how Moez Limayem, dean of the University of South Florida’s Muma College of Business, sees it. He shared his expertise on the art of negotiations at a recent North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting, at Pasco-Hernando State College’s … [Read more...]