Pasco County property tax rate won’t change

Pasco County property owners will pay the same tax rate as they did last year, but their property bill could rise, if the value of their property has increased. The Pasco County Commission had its first public hearing on the county’s budget for fiscal year 2019 on Sept. 4. The board’s final budget hearing is set for Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m., at the West Pasco Government Center Board Room, 8731 … [Read more...]

Approval recommended for TECO solar farm

Opponents are disappointed A proposed solar farm in northeast Pasco County cleared the first hurdle needed for approval — despite impassioned pleas and even tears from area residents who oppose it. The Pasco County Planning Commission recently voted 6-3 to recommend approval of the project to the Pasco County Commission, which has the final say. Tampa Electric Company, or TECO, needs a … [Read more...]

Residents pitch in to get rid of hazardous waste

Pasco County residents unloaded an impressive 27 tons of hazardous waste during the county’s annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Initiative, according to a news release from Pasco County. It was the most successful mobile hazardous waste collection event Charles Ryburn can recall in his six years as the county’s environmental manager. The chemical collection total nearly doubled … [Read more...]

There are plenty of ways to help this season

If you would like to help someone else during the holidays, there are plenty of ways you can do that. Here’s a look at some of the efforts underway that could use more support. Donate a Bicycle This effort, spearheaded by Caroline Contractors LLC, is seeking donations of money, bicycles or helmets. Those wishing to donate bicycles or helmets can drop them off at these locations: … [Read more...]

Predatory towing under fire

Pasco County commissioners want to put the brakes on predatory towing of vehicles. Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore brought the matter up in February after receiving complaints from residents who chose to call a taxi or a friend for a ride home after an evening of drinks and dinner. “Someone is being responsible,” said Moore, who discussed the problem again at the April 12 Pasco County … [Read more...]

Pasco County to add metal detectors?

Bag searches and metal detectors are routine outside council or commission chambers in most counties including Pinellas, Polk and Hillsborough. That is especially true on meeting days. Pasco County is an exception. Pasco County Chairwoman Kathryn Starkey thinks it is time to rethink the county’s policy. She brought up the topic at the conclusion of the county commission’s meeting on … [Read more...]

Planting seeds for food policies

Community gardens, backyard chickens, food deserts and agricultural tourism are on a short list of future policy ideas a citizen’s advisory council will tackle in Pasco County. The Pasco County Food Policy Advisory Council met on Sept. 30, in its second meeting since the Pasco County Commission appointed nine panel members in June. Pasco County is the only county with an active food policy … [Read more...]

Legislative delegation to weigh in on charter

Fish or cut bait? Members of the Municipal Association of Pasco County, which represents the six cities in Pasco, want a final decision on whether the county should alter its form of government. They likely will get their wish on Aug. 24 when the county’s appointed charter review panel has scheduled a vote on the matter. A previously scheduled vote on Aug. 10 was postponed until the … [Read more...]

Pasco officials to discuss potential charter government

The Pasco County Commission is having a workshop to explore whether a charter form of government would be in the best interest of residents. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., on Feb. 12 at the West Pasco Government Center, in the boardroom on the first floor. The government center is at 8731 Citizens Drive in New Port Richey. Switching to a charter government could lead to … [Read more...]

Commissioners to decide next step on baseball park Tuesday

Pasco County officials are set to do exactly what James Talton has wanted over the last few weeks: To terminate the agreement between the two for a massive recreational baseball complex in Wesley Chapel's Wiregrass Ranch area. County commissioners could do just that during its regular meeting in New Port Richey on Tuesday, after Talton's Pasco Sports LLC failed to provide necessary paperwork to … [Read more...]