Mariano’s knee-jerk decision could kill gas tax increase

Jack Mariano might be the chairman of the Pasco County Commission, but his popularity among fellow commissioners might be hitting an all-time low. Mariano was hammered by commissioners Ted Schrader and Kathryn Starkey during Tuesday's regular meeting in New Port Richey over his promotion of an expanded recreation park on the west side of the county. Starkey accused Mariano of going too far … [Read more...]

Simple ways offered to make voting hassle-free

In August, the 2014 election cycle will begin. And before voters go to the polls to decide who will represent them in government, Pasco County elections supervisor Brian Corley is offering some last-minute reminders. “Help us do our job better by ensuring that your voter registration is up-to-date,” Corley said in a recent note to voters. “The more accurate our file, the better able we are to … [Read more...]

Demands from sheriff, other departments, could raise taxes

Pasco County is losing deputies and command staff at an alarming rate, Sheriff Chris Nocco said. It’s a crime he says can be solved only one way: more money. About $6 million more, to be exact, bringing the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office closer than ever before to that $100 million budget threshold. The Pasco County Commission, however, might not be ready to surrender those dollars just … [Read more...]

Voters to decide between Wells, Wilson in August

There was not too much drama as the qualifying period for candidates seeking office this fall, except for the fact that one Pasco County Commission race will be decided in August after a last-minute write-in candidate decided to withdraw. Commissioner Henry Wilson Jr. will defend his District 4 seat against Mike Wells Jr., during an open primary in August that will allow all voters — no matter … [Read more...]

New stalemate could kill gas tax increase yet again

Getting new county road projects underway, as well as maintaining the ones already built, is likely going to require an additional $8 million this coming year. But a new battle on exactly how to raise that money has put two Pasco County commissioners on opposite sides of the debate. Henry Wilson is continuing a controversial stance he took last year, saying he won’t support raising the local … [Read more...]

County roads could get boost through gas, property tax hikes

Henry Wilson was dead set against an additional tax on a gallon of gas last year, and he’s not changing his mind now. However, the Pasco County commissioner could be alone in his convictions this time, as commission chair Jack Mariano hinted he might support raising that tax by 2 cents per gallon. That would all but ensure the gas tax in Pasco County would go up, as four of the five … [Read more...]

Developers, Andreychuk set to unveil new ice sports facility

As the ink dries on sales documents conveying key land to its new owners near Interstate 75 and State Road 56, hockey great Dave Andreychuk and other dignitaries will gather Thursday to unveil plans for a new 150,000-square-foot, four-pad ice and multi-sport facility. Andreychuk, who won a Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004, is one of several special guests expected to attend the … [Read more...]

County may try anonymous code enforcement complaints

Tired of seeing a neighbor’s car up on concrete blocks? Worried that snakes are finding a paradise in a home’s overgrown yard on your street? Making a complaint to Pasco County’s Customer Service Department requires a name, address and telephone number. But it might not be that way for long. Pasco County Commissioners are exploring the idea of allowing the option to report code … [Read more...]

In Print: Take a trip to Bok Tower Gardens

It's a place of beauty. It's a place of serenity. It's a place of history. Bok Tower Gardens has been a part of Florida since before the interstate highway system criss-crossed the region, becoming a popular stop since it opened in 1929. But even before the park opened, there were some who didn't believe the Lake Wales landmark would survive the year, let alone decades. "There were a … [Read more...]

Moore tops Wells in monthly campaign fundraising

Last week, Mike Wells Jr. set a new monthly fundraising mark in this year's Pasco County Commission race with an initial haul of $20,700. That record would not last for long. Mike Moore, who is running to replace Pat Mulieri in District 2, topped it with an April where he raised $22,300. That's nearly double his best previous month of November 2013, and brings his total campaign war chest to … [Read more...]