Various issues surface during town hall meeting

East Pasco residents flocked to the Dade City Courthouse to meet face-to-face with Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12); State Rep. Danny Burgess, R-San Antonio; and State Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby. About 100 residents gathered inside the Board of County Commissioners meeting room on Aug. 22 to voice their thoughts and concerns with their local representatives via a question-and-answer style town … [Read more...]

Pasco’s budget approaches $1.3 billion

Pasco County’s budget for fiscal year 2016 will be about $1.3 billion. But that outsized number won’t stretch far enough to meet all the county’s needs, including a pay hike requested by Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco. Pasco County commissioners were scheduled to set a tentative millage rate, on July 21 — after our deadline for going to press. However, the budget is still open for … [Read more...]

Citizens’ coalition to pursue charter commission

A group of residents critical of current efforts to determine Pasco County’s future government structure are banding together to follow their own path toward a charter-style government. On June 8, the newly formed Pasco Citizens Charter Coalition announced plans to gather 45,000 petition signatures needed to establish a charter commission. If successful, the commission would be a counterpoint … [Read more...]

Wildlife corridors are on agenda

A mandated but long-delayed ordinance to create wildlife corridors is again winding its way through public meetings, hearings and possible adoption by the Pasco County Commission. Two public meetings were held in New Port Richey and Land O’ Lakes in May. There will be a final meeting June 4 at 6 p.m., at the Dade City Courthouse. The next steps will include two public hearings, and by … [Read more...]

WWII memorial ready for rededication Saturday

When war broke out in Europe and Asia in the 1940s, Pasco County was nothing more than a small farming and citrus group of communities. But the people loved their country, and showed it by signing up and heading to war. In fact, one in eight Pasco residents would serve in the military during World War II, including Frank Ashbrook, the father-in-law to Pasco County commissioner Ted … [Read more...]