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Residents share ideas on next Pasco County budget


Residents share ideas on next county budget

More than 170 residents have attended two public meetings this month to comment on an expected $5 million shortfall in the county budget for next year. Through Tuesday, 128 people also have completed an online survey about their priorities for county government spending. Results from the meetings and the survey will be given to county commissioners to consider as they craft the budget this summer. A final public meeting is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the West Pasco Government Center, 7530 Little Road. A meeting held Tuesday night was taped and will be replayed through the end of the month on Pasco's government access network, which is on Bright House Channel 622 or Verizon channel 42. The survey is online at and will be available through the first week of May.

In honor of Earth Day, catch a movie

A free screening of the animated robot movie Wall-E will be held Friday evening at Sims Park. Guests are invited to bring blankets, chairs, food and non-alcoholic beverages. Representatives from Ecology Florida will offer a free Wall-E storybook to anyone who becomes a supporter, while supplies last. Bill's Bees will answer bee questions and offer free samples of local honey, also while supplies last. The event starts at 7:30 p.m., with the movie starting about 8 p.m. New Port Richey's Cultural Affairs Advisory Committee, in cooperation with the Parks and Recreation Department, has organized this event with Ecology Florida, in honor of Earth Day.


Conservative Club to help ministry

The Conservative Club of East Pasco will host a Flash Mob for Kindness event at its meeting Monday. People are encouraged to bring personal hygiene items, canned and dry foods or cash donations, which will be given to the Samaritan Project, a homeless ministry in east Pasco. Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m., with the meeting at noon at John's Steak & Seafood Restaurant, 38361 County Road 54. For information, visit or call (813) 780-7328.


Democrats cancel April meeting

The East Pasco Democratic Club has canceled its April meeting so members may attend the Pasco School Board town hall budget meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the media center of Cox Elementary, 37615 Martin Luther King Blvd. School Board member Allen Altman will discuss the budget for the coming year.


Nugent to speak at GOP gathering

U.S. Rep. Richard Nugent will be the featured speaker at the Tuesday meeting of the Republican Club of Central Pasco. The social and dinner begins at 6 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. at Groves Golf and Country Club, 7924 Melogold Circle. For information, call Connie Queller at (813) 326-8802.

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