Pasco County faces lean budget year

Pasco County’s revenues are falling short of projections — in the wake of a flattened economy due to the impacts of COVID-19. Robert Goehig, budget director for Pasco County, presented an overview of the preliminary budget at the Pasco County Commission’s June 30 meeting. In essence, the county can afford just 11 of 115 business plan initiatives brought forth by its department heads, Goehig … [Read more...]

Pasco commissioners receive honors

Pasco County Commissioners Kathryn Starkey and Jack Mariano each have a Presidential Advocate award from the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) for their work during the 2020 legislative session. The commissioners were recognized during the association of counties’ annual business meeting, which was conducted virtually, according to a news release. “As a local government official, I … [Read more...]

Some 2020 races decided; others up for grabs

Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano, Clerk & Comptroller Nikki Alvarez-Sowles and Sheriff Chris Nocco each will serve another four years — since no opponents came forward to challenge them by the qualifying deadline in the 2020 election. Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley also will serve another four years, as his opponent withdrew. And, Mike Wells has been elected to Pasco County … [Read more...]

Deal approved to merge fire departments

The Pasco County Commission has approved a merger between Pasco Fire Rescue and the Zephyrhills Fire Department. The approval came on May 4, which followed the Zephyrhills City Council’s approval of the merger on April 27. Pasco Fire Rescue Chief Scott Cassin outlined benefits of merging the departments. The merger represents the end of an era for the Zephyrhills Fire Department, which … [Read more...]

$2 million in grants aim to help Pasco businesses

The Pasco Economic Development Council Inc. (Pasco EDC), received more than 1,400 applications, before cutting applications off, for a grant program aimed at providing $2 million in assistance to small businesses. Pasco EDC partnered with Pasco County to provide this relief grant program for small businesses affected by coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19). Penny for Pasco revenues will be used … [Read more...]

Pasco County Backs Downtown Avalon Park

The Avalon Park Group has overwhelming support and backing from the Pasco County Commission to create a brand new town center for the Wesley Chapel community. Downtown Avalon Park Wesley Chapel is being planned as a mixed-use development on 215 acres located north of State Road 54, about three miles east of I-75. The plan includes four freestanding office buildings that will have a mix of … [Read more...]

Pasco eyeing big changes to apartment mobility fees

The Pasco County Commission has signaled it wants to end mobility fee incentives that it provides for new market-rate apartment construction within the county. At the same time, commissioners are looking to waive mobility fees for builders of affordable housing — homes or apartments. Commissioners also are eyeing a mobility fee waiver aimed to spur new construction in an area along U.S. 19, … [Read more...]

Objections continue to proposed townhomes

Residents living near Lake Thomas continue to oppose an increase in the density of development in their Land O’ Lakes community. A proposed land use change would increase the maximum density from three dwellings per acre to six dwellings per acre, on a 42-acre site, on the west side of U.S. 41 about one-half mile north of Ehren Cutoff. The Pasco County Commission signaled its support for the … [Read more...]

‘Downtown’ coming to Wesley Chapel

Pasco County and Avalon Park Group/sitEX have reached an agreement on a package of incentives aimed at encouraging the development of a new downtown in Wesley Chapel. The plan calls for a new mixed-use, urban-scale development on 215 acres, off State Road 54, in a community now being called Avalon Park Wesley Chapel. Avalon Park Group/sitEX proposes to spend more than $800 million to … [Read more...]

Pasco calls for civil campaign behavior

The Pasco County Commission has amended its Ethical Campaign Practices Act to encourage civility among candidates. Commissioners voted unanimously on Jan. 21 to support changes suggested by Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley. Corley said the changes incorporate “language that speaks to civility in the public discourse for candidates running for office within Pasco … [Read more...]