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Port Richey City Council keeps tax rate steady

WESLEY CHAPEL

One man jailed, another wanted in 2006 slayings

One suspect is in jail and the search is on for a second man accused in the 2006 double homicide of two Wesley Chapel teens in Trilby. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office picked up Tyree Jenkins, 22, of 38701 Island Ave. in Dade City, during a traffic stop about 4 p.m. Thursday. Pasco deputies are also searching for Luc Pierre-Charles, 20, of 31107 Messena Road in Wesley Chapel, whom authorities consider armed and dangerous. Warrants were issued Thursday charging both men with first-degree murder in the July 28, 2006, shooting of Derek James Pieper, 17, and Raymond Alphonse Veluz, 18. Their bodies were found with multiple gunshot wounds on Harris Hill Road in Trilby. Jenkins is being held without bail at the Orient Road jail in Tampa. The Pasco Sheriff's Office will release more information on the case today.

PORT RICHEY

City Council keeps tax rate steady

The City Council voted Thursday evening to keep the tax rate at $3.90 per $1,000 of assessed value next budget year. Council members got their first look at the proposed $11.6-million spending plan, which includes numerous trims to make up for a nearly $200,000 loss in property tax revenue and a $264,000 loss from the recent elimination of the city utility tax. No employees will lose their jobs from the cuts, but none of them got a cost of living increase, either. The budget does have money in its contingency fund that could be used for that purpose, City Manager Richard Reade told the council. The general fund also got an infusion of $200,000 from proceeds from the sale of the former City Hall. And the camera that catches red-light runners at Ridge Road and U.S. 19 is expected to bring in $180,000 in ticket revenue, nearly $60,000 of which goes back to the camera company. Budget hearings are set for September.

HUDSON

Builder still looking for project funding

A Massachusetts-based firm continues to seek money to build a 173-unit affordable housing project for seniors on Lakeshore Boulevard near Fivay Road. Marc S. Plonskier, president of the Gatehouse Group LLC, informed state Sen. Mike Fasano by e-mail this week that he should know by late November whether his company will get funding to move forward with the townhouse project. Plonskier did not return a phone message Thursday seeking comment. Gatehouse has affordable housing projects in Tarpon Springs and in Miami-Dade County. The project, called Evergreen, would be built on a nearly 20-acre parcel. The county's Development Review Committee approved a conceptual plan for the project in May. Florida Housing Finance Corp. in 2007 awarded the Evergreen project $1.5-million in tax credits for the first phase, 116 units, said agency spokesman Jerad Yates.

Pasco deaths

Bersik, George Sr.

Cox, Rolph J.

Felten, James

Fittipaldi, Vincent J. "Poppy"

Hager, Gladys Rose

Harker, Allen J.

Knaggs, Lionel

Pascale, Dorothy M.

Wallace, Robert C. "Bob"

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Port Richey City Council keeps tax rate steady 07/24/08 [Last modified: Saturday, July 26, 2008 2:44pm]
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