If your tax bill is less than $10, Pasco County Tax Collector won’t be sending you that bill — effective next year.
But Mike Fasano wants to notify taxpayers of that change this year.
The Pasco County Commission agreed to Fasano’s request to stop sending the bills during its July 11 meeting.
But that won’t be official until the board adopts a resolution to that effect.
The fiscal breakdown from the tax collector’s analysis was included in the county board’s agenda packet.
It shows that Fasano’s office is losing money when it sends out the bills for less than $10.
The estimated cost for printing and mailing the notice is $23,210.34. The total collected, if paid, would be $11,240.99. That results in a loss of $11,969.35 for sending the notices to those owing less than $10.
Fasano said that most of the under-$10 tax bills are mineral rights notices.
“If you know anything about mineral rights, it’s the most ridiculous thing ever created by the state of Florida.
“They don’t get paid, first of all.
“Then we have to send reminder notices. Then, we have to advertise them.
“And the only one who can buy the certificate, if they wanted to, is the people that own the property on top of those mineral rights.”
Fasano told the board if they can adopt the resolution this year, he can let people know in this year’s mailing that if their tax bill is less than $10, this is the last notice they’ll receive.
Commissioner Kathryn Starkey made a motion to approve Fasano’s request, which was seconded by Commissioner Ron Oakley.
But County Attorney Jeffrey Steinsnyder told board members they can’t approve the request until a resolution is prepared for their action.
“If that’s the board’s inclination, we can put that back on the Aug. 8 agenda,” Steinsnyder said.
Commission Chairman Jack Mariano told Fasano: “I think it’s unanimous with the board to move forward with it, so happy to do it. Thank you for bringing it forward.”
Published July 19, 2023