Pasco sets property tax rate for 2020 fiscal year

The Pasco County Commission has adopted a tax rate for the 2020 fiscal year. Truth in Millage (TRIM) notices that will be mailed out to property owners will reflect these rates: TRIM notice: Property tax: 7.6076 Municipal fire service unit: 1.8036 Jail (bond issue): .0277 Fire rescue (bond issue): .0222 Parks (bond issue): .0100 Library (bond issue): .0096 County … [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...]

Commercial kitchen incubator to open in East Pasco

An incubator commercial kitchen is expected to begin operating in September at 15029 14th St., in Dade City. The initiative is the result of a partnership between the Pasco Extension Office, which is part of the University of Florida Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences, Pasco County and the Pasco County Economic Development Council Inc., with assistance from Welbilt. Welbilt, a … [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...]

Paula S. O’ Neil retires after decades of public service

The Pasco County Commission recently honored Paula S. O’ Neil, who retired after three decades of public service. O’ Neil’s final day as Pasco Circuit Court Clerk & Comptroller was June 30. She had recommended that Nikki Alvarez-Sowles, her chief operations officer, be appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to complete the remainder of her term, which ends in 2020. DeSantis had not made … [Read more...]

Changes coming to Pasco tourist tax collections

The Pasco County Tax Collector will begin collecting Pasco County’s tourist development taxes, under a change approved by the Pasco County Commission. Pasco County hotels, motels and other short-term rental accommodations have been remitting Tourist Development Tax collections to the Florida Department of Revenue (DOR). The Department of Revenue received the collections, then returned them … [Read more...]

MPO eyes ways to boost transportation funding

The Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) board is looking at ways to fund future transportation projects — including the possibility of increased revenues from the Penny for Pasco program or amendments to the county’s mobility fee program. Under the current Penny for Pasco program, which expires in 2024, revenues are raised through a one-penny surcharge for every dollar of … [Read more...]

Weekly recycling coming soon to Pasco County

The Pasco County Commission has approved weekly curbside recycling, with haulers having 90 days to make the transition to the once-a-week recycling pickups. Recycling previously was picked up twice a month. Community Development Districts and Homeowner Associations can continue on their current recycling contract until their individual contracts with haulers expire, but once that happens, … [Read more...]

Pasco advocates for additional lanes on I-275

The Pasco County Commission last week emailed a letter to the Hillsborough County Commission asking that board to support a regional approach to transportation. Specifically, the Pasco commissioners want the Hillsborough board to support the Florida Department of Transportation’s request for an additional lane in each direction on Interstate 275, from north of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. … [Read more...]

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...]