Pasco County property appraiser sees bullish outlook

With Pasco County continuing to experience massive ongoing growth and development, the county’s tax rolls are expected to increase at least 9 percent this year, according to Pasco County property appraiser Gary Joiner. Preliminary figures reveal that the county has already exceeded its tax roll from 2008, Joiner said, referring to before the economy tanked. The property appraiser’s … [Read more...]

Proposed Constitutional amendments

There are 12 proposed amendments to Florida’s Constitution on the 2018 ballot. There were 13, but one was removed by the Florida Supreme Court. Here’s what voters will be deciding: Number 1: Increased Homestead Property Tax Exemption Ballot summary: Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to increase the homestead exemption by exempting the assessed valuation of homestead property … [Read more...]

Area events honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lives on each year as communities nationwide celebrate the birth of the civil rights leader with parades, community service days and reflections on his message of non-violence. The official holiday honoring King will be Jan. 18. In Pasco County, celebrations will be take place throughout the week, including a first-time parade in Lacoochee on the … [Read more...]

Pasco bans cannabis growth and sale

The Pasco Commission has placed a one-year moratorium on the production and distribution of cannabis. The plant is the basis for "Charlotte's web," a low-strain of medical marijuana. In a roll-call vote, commissioners approved the ban unanimously, without discussion. The Florida Legislature approved the non-euphoric form of medical marijuana in 2014, but the state has yet to get the … [Read more...]

Panel says no to charter in Pasco County

With a one-vote margin, opponents of a charter-style government in Pasco County killed a proposal that had the backing of the county’s legislative delegation. In an 8-7 vote, a 15-member appointed panel opted not to write a charter that could have significantly changed the way Pasco County’s government operates. The vote came after the county’s five-member legislative delegation – State Rep. … [Read more...]

Ready to vote? Here’s an election primer to help

The mute button for many television viewers has never been used more through the barrage of political ads for everything from the governor’s race, to even Pasco County Commission. But as early voting continues through this weekend, and on Election Day itself Nov. 4, all of that is about to come to an end. The governor’s race remains too close to call, while more local races like the … [Read more...]