In this latest article from our sister publication in Florida, Laker/Lutz News, staff writer B.C. Manion reports on the proposed proposed 1-cent sales tax on Pasco County ballots in the Nov. 8 General Election. If approved, proceeds collected from the tax would be divided between Pasco County, Pasco County Schools and the county’s six municipalities. Dubbed the “Penny for Pasco” surtax, this is the third time Pasco residents have seen the proposal on the ballot.
“Voters initially approved the tax in 2004, which took effect on Jan. 1, 2005 and lasted through Dec. 31, 2014. Voters renewed the tax for 10 more years, from Jan. 1, 2015 through Dec. 31, 2024,” writes Manion. “The Pasco County School Board has identified a list of projects the tax extension would support. The school board’s list includes new schools, school expansions, school renovations, additional technology, school safety enhancements, athletic facility improvements, improvements in the driver pickup areas at schools, and other projects.”
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