No increase planned for Pasco’s property tax rate

The millage rate charged to property owners won’t increase for fiscal year 2019. The Pasco County Commission voted on July 10 to tentatively set the rate for the 2019 draft budget. Commissioners agreed to maintain current rates, which are at 7.6076 for the county’s operations, and 1.8036 for fire services. Commissioners cannot increase the rates prior to adopting a final budget, but are … [Read more...]

Pasco tax revenues are up this year

Rising property values in Pasco County could provide about $11 million in increased revenues. That’s a bigger windfall than the $10.5 million initially projected. That extra cash – about $650,000 - would play a key role in helping to close a $3.3 million gap in funding requests for 2019 from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. Pasco County expected to receive final revenue data by July 1 … [Read more...]

Budget talks look at next two years

As the Pasco County Commission contemplates the county’s budget for fiscal year 2019, it’s also thinking about the budget for 2020. Commissioners are looking ahead, because they know that a referendum on the November ballot could have a sizable impact on the county’s budget. Voters will decide on Nov. 8 whether to expand homestead exemptions by $25,000. If the referendum passes, Pasco County … [Read more...]

Pasco County boosts its stormwater fee

Pasco County residents will be paying a higher stormwater fee, following a Sept. 19 vote by Pasco County commissioners to increase the rate. Beginning in 2018, the annual fee will increase from $57 to $95 — a 67 percent increase. A previous increase approved two years ago added $10 to the fee, raising the rate from $47 to $57. Commissioners were divided over raising the fee during two … [Read more...]

‘Cow Palace’ attracted music greats

The block structure was built in 1957, without heat or air conditioning, according to records kept by the Pasco County Property Appraiser’s Office. It was located in Carver Heights, a predominantly black neighborhood where many people lived hard-scrabble lives. And, during the next 20 years, the building attracted performers who would become some of the biggest names in soul-blues and … [Read more...]

Pasco County begins budget review for 2018

Pasco County officials anticipate an increase in property tax revenues, which in recent years have been on an upward trend. But, that doesn’t mean the budget will be flush with money for fiscal year 2018. Pasco County commissioners will be grappling with an $8.1 million increase in the Pasco County sheriff’s budget; a request to restore operating hours for libraries to 2008 levels; and, a … [Read more...]

Homestead exemption could increase

A property tax savings could be on its way to Florida homeowners, if a statewide referendum in 2018 boosts homestead exemptions to a total of $75,000. But, what could be tax relief to homeowners could pose financial challenges for local governments. If approved, homeowners can add another $25,000 to the existing standard of $50,000 (approved by voters in 2008) for homestead exemption on … [Read more...]

New luxury apartment complex coming to Land O’ Lakes

Wood Partners is stepping in where another developer left off, resurrecting a 311-unit apartment complex that could add even more residents along State Road 54 in Land O’ Lakes. The Atlanta-based company announced the new project — called Alta Terra Bella — just off 20 Mile Level Road Monday, following a report on The Laker/Lutz News’ website, LakerLutzNews.com. “As the Tampa Bay area … [Read more...]

New apartment complex planned for Zephyrhills’ New River area

A developer that wanted to add another recreational vehicle park to State Road 54 just west of Zephyrhills has been convinced to build a new apartment complex instead. Terrace Investors LLC wants the Pasco County Commission to rezone a 14-acre piece of property on New River Road next to Terrace Park Mobile Home Park, so that it can build a 228-unit project. Details of the project itself were … [Read more...]