Didn't file '07 return? $1.1B in refunds awaits
The United Way of Pasco County is looking for anyone who may not have filed their 2007 income tax return. Tax refunds totaling more than $1.1 billion may be waiting for more than a million people who did not file in 2007, the Internal Revenue Service announced recently. However, to collect the money, a return for 2007 must be filed with the IRS no later than April 18. The IRS estimates that half of these potential 2007 refunds are $640 or more. Some people may not have filed because they had too little income to require filing a tax return, even though they had taxes withheld from their wages or made quarterly estimated payments. United Way of Pasco County, in partnership with the IRS, offers free income tax preparation throughout Pasco County. All taxes are prepared by appointment by IRS trained and certified volunteers. To schedule a tax appointment dial 211. For information about the income tax preparation sites, call the United Way at (727) 835-2028.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Meetings set on U.S. 19 corridor
Want to have a say in the future of West Pasco? County planning officials are hosting three public meetings to gather input on long-term changes to the U.S. 19 corridor and surrounding neighborhoods. Ideas include adding more mixed-use development and pedestrian-friendly features, and reducing highway congestion. Here's the schedule:
• 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Richey Elementary School, 6807 Madison St., New Port Richey.
• 6 to 8 p.m. April 19 at Gulf Highlands Elementary School, 8019 Gulf Highlands Drive, Port Richey.
• 5 to 7 p.m. April 25 at Hudson High School, 14410 Cobra Way, Hudson.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Breakfast kicks off Chasco's final day
Chasco Fiesta — Pasco's oldest, largest and longest festival — wraps up today with one final day of food and fun. The Cotee River Lions Club will provide breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. in Sims Park for $3. The Native American Festival and the carnival midway will be open from 1 to 6 p.m. Numerous nonprofit organizations will sell food to raise money. And the final games of the 14th annual Chasco Fiesta Softball Tournament will be played at Veterans Memorial Park and W.H. Jack Mitchell Park. For information visit www.chascofiesta.com.
County wants input for budget
County officials working on next year's budget are hosting three public meetings this month to gather input from residents about what works and what doesn't in county government. People can also complete an online survey about county services at www.bringingopportunitieshome.com. Here's the schedule:
• 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Pasco County Historic Courthouse, 37918 Meridian Ave., Dade City.
• 7 to 9 p.m. April 12 at the West Pasco Government Center, 7530 Little Road, New Port Richey. This meeting will be televised on Bright House channel 622 and Verizon Fios channel 42.
• 7 to 9 p.m. April 18 at the West Pasco Government Center.
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