Government responds to COVID-19

A $2 trillion relief package — the largest in U.S. history — has been passed in an attempt to stabilize the economy, in the wake of an economic and medical crisis posed by coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19). The package includes help for individuals, unemployment benefits, loans for small businesses, help for large industries and other types of assistance. The stimulus includes a $1,200 … [Read more...]

Pasco eyeing big changes to apartment mobility fees

The Pasco County Commission has signaled it wants to end mobility fee incentives that it provides for new market-rate apartment construction within the county. At the same time, commissioners are looking to waive mobility fees for builders of affordable housing — homes or apartments. Commissioners also are eyeing a mobility fee waiver aimed to spur new construction in an area along U.S. 19, … [Read more...]

Pasco property values expected to grow

Pasco County is projecting a 8.5% to 9% increase in assessed values, Robert Goehig, said Pasco County’s budget director, during a recent county workshop. “We’re going to budget to 8.5%, and then if the property appraiser comes in with more, we’ll make adjustments,” County Administrator Dan Biles said, during the Feb. 25 workshop with commissioners. That would generate an additional $17 … [Read more...]

Touchpoint opens global headquarters in Pasco

TouchPoint Healthcare, located in Odessa, had a grand opening for its new global headquarters. It’s an unprecedented mark in Pasco County, as it houses the flagship base for the company that supplies 90 countries with manufactured medical supplies. Visitors at the Feb. 20 ribbon cutting had the chance to go on a guided tour of the building, which is a two-story structure of 142,000 … [Read more...]

County marks Ridge Road extension milestone

It was a historic day in Pasco County, as a groundbreaking ceremony was held to celebrate the upcoming construction of the Ridge Road extension. The new stretch of road will give motorists another east-west option through Pasco County, and will provide an additional evacuation route in the event of a disaster. The groundbreaking, held Jan. 13, followed a permit issued in December by the … [Read more...]

County outlines Ridge Road construction timeline

Pasco County Administrator Dan Biles recently laid out the time frame for the completion of the Ridge Road extension, a project that eventually will provide a new east-west corridor between Moon Lake Road and U.S. 41. The project is broken into two phases, with a groundbreaking for the first phase held earlier this week. During the Pasco County Commission meeting last week, Biles laid … [Read more...]

Pasco’s economy is on a roll

Single-family permitting was up 21% in Pasco County in 2019, compared to the previous year — and for the first time, the county’s single-family residential average permit value topped $300,000. Those were among the statistics that County Administrator Dan Biles shared with the Pasco County Commission during its Jan. 7 meeting. “As you know, there’s typically a two-year lag between when … [Read more...]

Area prepares for flooding, wind

With Hurricane Dorian bearing down on Florida, the state is bracing itself for impact. Gov. Ron DeSantis also declared a State of Emergency in the state’s 67 counties, and Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody activated the state’s Price Gouging Hotline. Both Hillsborough and Pasco counties have declared a state of emergency. In an advisory issued at 11 a.m., Aug. 30 from the National … [Read more...]

Commissioners resolve to have fewer resolutions

There comes a point during Pasco County Commission meetings when formal votes are put on hold while various groups and individuals receive recognition through resolutions. Typically, a somewhat lengthy resolution is read, commissioners offer their remarks, and the person being honored or a member of the group says a few words. Then, there’s a customary photo with the … [Read more...]

Increased Pasco property values trigger higher tax bills

Pasco County property owners, on average, are expected to pay more in property taxes, but not because of a higher tax rate, Robert Goehig, the county’s budget director said last week. Instead, it will be increasing property values that will create the higher tax bills, Goehig said, during a June 25 Pasco County Commission budget workshop. Value increases for homesteaded properties will be … [Read more...]