Pasco County’s budget tops $1.4 billion

The Pasco County Commission has adopted a proposed budget topping $1.4 billion for fiscal year 2020. The property tax rate did not change, but revenues collected by the county will go up because of an expanded county tax base due to new construction and property value increases. Also, property owners will pay additional taxes to generate revenues needed to pay for four bond issues voters … [Read more...]

AATL tops Land O’ Lakes in postseason tune-up

Two of the state’s top softball players matched up for the final time against one another in high school uniforms when Academy at the Lakes hosted Land O’ Lakes in a recent non-district game at Starkey Ranch District Park. In the latest matchup between crosstown foes, the Wildcats and senior ace pitcher Lexi Kilfoyl bested the Gators and their senior star pitcher, Callie Turner, en route to … [Read more...]

Additional money sought for new library project

Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey is pushing Pasco County to increase funding for a new library, which is part of a collaborative project between the county and Pasco County Schools. The project is to be built in the Starkey Ranch development, located on the ranch formerly owned by Starkey’s family. The project includes a kindergarten through eighth grade school expected to open in … [Read more...]

Pasco County to hold first Alzheimer’s walk

When Jennifer Graff realized her mother was losing her independence, little did she know that she would become a full-time caregiver. Graff’s mother, Rose, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2011, after a horrific car crash. Since then, she has resided in several living facilities while gradually losing her memory. Graff will walk on behalf of her mother on Oct. 20 during Pasco County’s first … [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...]

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...]

Regional planning council honors Pasco County

Pasco County took home several awards March 31 during the Future of the Region Awards in St. Petersburg. That included two major regional awards — The One Bay Award, and The Charles A. McIntosh Jr. Award for Distinction. Both were handed out at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park for the county’s work on the west market redevelopment and infill plan for The Harbors. The McIntosh award … [Read more...]

Starkey Ranch park moves forward while others still struggle

With 18 sports fields, eight total courts for basketball and tennis, more than a mile of trails, and a library, Starkey Ranch District Park is aiming to become a centralized recreational location for the entire county. And while Pasco County’s financial commitment is minimal compared to that of the school board and the private developer of the project just off State Road 54 past Trinity, … [Read more...]