Pasco readies for big building program

Voter approval of four general obligation bond issues in November has set the stage for a major building program in Pasco County. The bond revenues will go to expand the Pasco County Detention Center; to update and expand fire rescue facilities; to upgrade libraries; and, to spruce up and improve park and recreational facilities. Pasco County staff members briefed commissioners on the timing … [Read more...]

Pasco property tax rate expected to stay the same in 2020

Pasco County’s tax rate is expected to stay the same in 2020, as new development continues to expand the county’s tax base. That assessment came during a Pasco County Commission workshop to discuss the preliminary estimates for the 2020 budget. The county is projecting a 9.5 percent increase in assessed values, said Robert Goehig, budget director in the county’s Office of Management and … [Read more...]

TouchPoint Medical’s headquarters to open in 2020

Construction began last week on TouchPoint Medical Inc.’s global headquarters on South Branch Boulevard in The Preserve, a new residential community off State Road 54, west of the Suncoast Parkway. The 142,000-square-foot facility in Land O’ Lakes is expected to be completed during 2020. The company will bring a total of 228 jobs to Pasco County, including 116 new jobs and other positions … [Read more...]

Pasco supports legalizing hemp as a crop

The Pasco County Commission has unanimously approved a resolution backing the legal cultivation of hemp in Florida. The issue came up for discussion at the board’s Jan. 8 meeting, but was delayed for two weeks to give Commission Chairman Ron Oakley the chance to learn more about the issue. When Commissioner Jack Mariano brought up the issue again, commissioners quickly approved it. Board … [Read more...]

Commissioners spar over choosing rec center design firm

The Pasco County Commission has selected Wannemacher Jensen Architects Inc., and Harvard Jolly Inc.,  as the top-ranked firms for design services for an indoor recreation center at the Wesley Chapel District Park. It also authorized county staff to negotiate with Wannemacher Jensen, and if an agreement can’t be reach, to conduct negotiations with Harvard Jolly. Commissioners approved the … [Read more...]

Central Pasco project could be like ‘a self-contained city’

A proposal for a 24 million-square-foot corporate business park, plus residential and other components in Central Pasco is a step closer to reality. The proposed development, dubbed Project Arthur, would be located on 6,951 acres — east of the Suncoast Parkway, west of the CSX rail line and south of State Road 52. In addition to the massive office park, there would be 11,495 residences and … [Read more...]

Updated mobility fees proposed in Pasco

The Pasco County Commission is expected to take final action on an update to the county’s mobility fees at its Dec. 11 meeting. Commissioners are expected to approve several changes, which include adding new categories and reducing some fees. Mobility fees are based on the transportation impacts caused by new development, which is typically expressed in the number of trips the development … [Read more...]

New forensics research center expected to boost local economy

Officials are expected to gather together this week to hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the K9 Tactical Center/Forensic Institute for Research, Security and Tactics in Land O’ Lakes. Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco is predicting that beyond its other benefits, the new forensics center also will be an economic driver — having wide-ranging impacts on the county as whole, and Land O’ Lakes, in … [Read more...]

Political Agenda 07/18/2018

Sample ballots available Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley has announced that sample ballots for the Aug. 26 Primary Election are available online at PascoVotes.com, and will be mailed to Pasco County voters on Aug. 6. To view sample ballots online, voters need to know their voting precinct and party of registration. Club meetings Republican Club of Central Pasco Mike … [Read more...]

Pasco reviewing lawsuit proposal linked to opioid epidemic

More than 15 years ago, a landmark settlement against tobacco companies netted billions of dollars for plaintiffs who sued over smoking-related illnesses. The nation’s opioid epidemic may be headed in that same direction. And, the Pasco County Commission is mulling a proposal to join a growing number of governments that are seeking to recoup public dollars spent battling opioid … [Read more...]