Pasco schools adopt tentative budget

The Pasco County School Board has adopted a tentative budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, with a final public hearing set for Sept. 18. The proposed general fund budget for 2018-2019 is $630,860,337. That’s a $15.2 million increase over last year’s general fund, which represents roughly a 2.47 percent increase. The capital projects funds in the budget for 2018-2019 total $244,516,610, … [Read more...]

School construction activity heating up

Cypress Creek Middle High will be adding a senior class this year, but that isn’t the only change that will be happening at the campus off Old Pasco Road. Cypress Creek Middle School is under design right now, with construction expected to begin in October or November, said Mike Gude, director of construction services and code compliance for Pasco County Schools. The construction budget for … [Read more...]

State Road 54 West booming with development

State Road 54, east of U.S. 41, tends to hog the spotlight on new development. After all, it is home to premium commercial shopping meccas, including Tampa Premium Outlets and the now-rising star of Cypress Creek Town Center. Brightworks Crossing, an apartment and retail project, is going up at Wesley Chapel Boulevard and State Road 54. And, other area development includes Florida Hospital … [Read more...]

Pulte Homes Opens New Models in Starkey Ranch

If you’ve been looking to buy a new home in Starkey Ranch, April is the month you’ve been waiting for. To celebrate its May 5 grand opening of Monroe Commons — Pulte’s newest community in Starkey Ranch — buyers will receive $4,000 in free quality appliances from Whirlpool for a refrigerator, washer and dryer. Monroe Commons families will also qualify for $8,000 in Pulte Flex Cash, which can … [Read more...]

Five Models at Starkey Ranch Receive Top Parade of Homes Awards

Starkey Ranch, a 2,400-acre master-planned community in Odessa, received more recognition at the 2018 Parade of Homes in March than any other community in Tampa Bay. Five model homes at Starkey Ranch took either a grand or silver award for their floor plans, interior design and outdoor areas, winning in categories with homes priced from $350,000 to $1.2 million. “We are very proud of the … [Read more...]

Pasco ‘super park’ land near Dade City

Pasco County recently purchased 155 acres for a proposed “super park” at The Villages of Pasadena, off Prospect Road and Highland Boulevard, near Dade City. The acreage is conservation land that is the second purchase of a three-phase acquisition process. When complete, the county will have nearly 320 acres for the super park. Because the 155 acres will remain natural and be used for passive … [Read more...]

Two Unique Pulte Communities Designed For Families

Pulte Homes offers two distinct communities for families wanting a new home in the areas most desirable north of Tampa. Birchwood Preserve in Lutz and Starkey Ranch in Odessa offer multiple floor plans designed for the way families live today, with Pulte’s unique Life Tested® home designs. Plus, both communities provide lifestyle amenities from everything to swimming pools with cabana seating … [Read more...]

Pasco County Schools has big plans for 2018

Pasco County Schools expects 2018 to be a busy year for planning, designing, renovating expanding and building new school projects. Among the largest renovation projects are Land O ‘Lakes High School in Land O’ Lakes and Woodland Elementary School in Zephyrhills. John Petrashek, director of construction services for Pasco County Schools, said he expected the first phase of a massive … [Read more...]

New district park opens in Starkey Ranch development

Pasco County residents have a new district park, shaped and landscaped out of a former cow pasture at Starkey Ranch. But, before children could run bases at the new ball fields or play hopscotch at the playground, the “premier” park got its official unveiling at a ceremony on Oct. 31. About 30 people attended, including members of the Starkey family, the development team for the … [Read more...]

County exploring adding a new tax

Pasco County commissioners often talk about making Pasco a premier county. But, even with a rebounding economy, they are facing a financial hurdle in funding the necessities for parks, libraries and emergency management. Looming ahead is a third $25,000 homestead exemption, which is expected to pass in a 2018 voter referendum. If it does pass, Pasco County could lose $8 million in general … [Read more...]