Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Dade City woman pays $11,075.44 tax bill in dollar bills and pennies

DADE CITY — Whatever prompted Julann Roe to pay her property tax bill in $1 bills and pennies — whether a political protest or a statement about taxes in general — wasn't made clear Monday morning.

The 52-year-old simply strode into the Dade City tax office and plopped two duffle bags packed with cash onto the counter. She pulled more cash from a handbag and declared, "I want to pay my tax bill."

With that, five county staffers spent the next hour counting money — $11,075.44. That's after a discount for paying ahead of the March 31 deadline.

"We wanted to make sure we got it right, that she didn't overpay," Pasco Tax Collector Mike Fasano said.

Roe, a frequent critic of government spending, was cordial and polite, but never gave a reason for paying her property tax in dollar bills and pennies, even when prompted by a customer service representative. Last year, Roe paid $10,734.34 in property taxes, about $341 less than this year.

"She didn't express anything to anyone about that," Fasano said. "She just stood and watched."

Roe could not be reached for comment Tuesday. She lives in Dade City with her husband, Gregory Roe, who owns New Port Richey-based Roe Insurance.

The two own a 41.5-acre property on Mickler Road valued at $711,447. In addition to the 4,014-square-foot, two-story house, records show the property includes a pool, a hot tub, an outdoor fireplace and horse stalls.

Roe has frequently clashed with Pasco commissioners over spending, and during recent budget hearings criticized officials for considering a pay raise for county employees, even though they hadn't had one in six years.

Fasano was left wondering how she came up with that many dollar bills: "I can only assume she contacted the bank early enough to let them know she would be withdrawing money — and wanted it all in dollar bills."

Dade City woman pays $11,075.44 tax bill in dollar bills and pennies 11/26/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 9:43pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Sue Carlton: Job or family when a hurricane's coming — a very Florida conundrum

    Hurricanes

    It must seem as foreign to Northerners as shoveling snow is to those of us raised in the Sunshine State: The very-Florida conundrum of having to choose between work and family — between paycheck and personal safety — when a hurricane comes.

    A hurricane helps the rest of us acknowledge the police officers, paramedics, hospital personnel, public works employees and others who stay on the job despite the storm. 
  2. After Tampa concert, Arcade Fire members party, preach politics at Crowbar

    Blogs

    After waiting more than a decade for Arcade Fire’s first appearance in Tampa, fans didn’t have to wait long for their second.

    DJ Windows 98, a.k.a. singer Win Butler of Arcade Fire, performed at a "Disco Town Hall" at Crowbar following the band's concert at the USF Sun Dome on Sept. 22, 2017.
  3. Review: Arcade Fire open hearts, play with passion at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa

    Blogs

    Gloves off, hearts open and disco balls glittering, Arcade Fire scaled the stage for the first time ever in Tampa, pouncing and flailing and performing with all the passion that’s made them one of the world’s most celebrated rock bands this century.

    Arcade Fire performed at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa on Sept. 22, 2017.
  4. Lightning's Steven Stamkos looks close to top form in first game since November

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — The wait felt like forever for Lightning captain Steven Stamkos, having gone 10 months without playing in a game.

    A scramble in front of the Lightning goal has Matthew Peca, far left, and Erik Cernak, middle, helping out goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy during the third period of a 3-1 win against the Predators. Vasilevskiy, who made 29 saves, was “exceptional,” coach Jon Cooper says.
  5. Rays journal: Alex Cobb may have pitched last game in Rays uniform (w/video)

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — RHP Alex Cobb pitched well enough to lead the Rays to an 8-3 win over the Orioles on Friday.

    Wilson Ramos gives thanks after hitting a grand slam during the second inning, putting the Rays up 4-0.