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...]

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...]

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...]

Ridge Road project to open in 2020?

A portion of the Ridge Road Extension — a project Pasco County officials have wanted for 20 years — could open in time for the beginning of the 2020 school year. The Pasco County Commission heard an update on the project during its April 8 meeting in Dade City. The proposed Ridge Road Extension spans  7.6 miles, reaching from Moon Road to U.S. 41, in Land O’ Lakes. Margaret Smith, the … [Read more...]