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Special taxing district idea is abandoned
So much for the law enforcement tax. Commissioners unanimously abandoned a proposal Tuesday to create a special taxing district to pay for the sheriff's law enforcement costs. Officials had been high on the idea as a way to show the public how much of their property tax goes to Sheriff Bob White's office. Paying for much of his expenses through a separate taxing district would have lowered the tax rate for the general fund, although White's countywide functions, such as running the jail, still would have come from the general fund. But commissioners put the brakes on the tax at their last meeting after realizing property owners in unincorporated Pasco would end up with slightly higher tax bills. City residents, who pay into the general fund, couldn't be charged for the new taxing district because they already have local police services. Commissioners now are looking into showing on tax bills how much goes toward the sheriff's expenses.
Middle school principal leaves
After less than two years on the job, Hudson Middle School principal Phil Kupczyk is leaving. Citing health concerns, Kupczyk has requested a position with less demanding responsibilities, Pasco school district spokeswoman Summer Romagnoli said. Superintendent Heather Fiorentino has not determined what his new role will be. She has advertised for a new principal for Hudson Middle. The Imagine School of Land O'Lakes, a charter school, also needs a principal. John Selover, the administrator who opened the school, resigned and returned to New York to be closer to family. Imagine plans to conduct a national search, and it hopes to have a replacement by early July. Other schools awaiting word on leadership are Chasco Elementary, Sunlake High and Moore-Mickens Education Center.
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Sorry, wrong number, voters
Why would a local florist team up with the Pasco Democratic Party to get you to vote by mail? Community Florist's phone number was popping up on telephone caller IDs this week, associated with an automated get-out-the-vote message from local Democrats. Dozens of people flooded the shop with phone calls Monday, wanting to know why the company was calling them at home. One problem: Community Florist wasn't making the calls. "I'm just a retail florist," said shop owner Amy Stanley, sighing. Turns out the Democrats' contractor on the project entered the wrong caller ID number, said party chairwoman Alison Morano. Party headquarters has a phone number that is one digit off the florist's. Morano promised to get the mistake fixed before the company makes its second batch of calls.
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