Sunday, February 25, 2018
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List of projects paid or planned under Penny for Pasco sales tax

How the Penny was spent

The first round of the Penny for Pasco sales tax expires at the end of 2014. There are still two years to collect and spend the money, but the county has completed many of the projects it promised when it proposed the tax in 2004.

Transportation

The county approved an initial list of projects in December 2003. Officials added 18 new road projects in August 2010 after completing some projects with federal and state money and also saving money from lower construction bids. Those projects are marked with a *.

Completed projects

• Clinton Avenue resurfacing from Pasadena Drive to Fort King Road, $472,007

• Collier Parkway and Weeks Boulevard intersection improvement, $1,037,254

• Grand Boulevard and Mile Stretch Drive intersection improvement, $1,006,388

• Grand Boulevard and Moog Road intersection improvement, $1,001,387

• Grand Boulevard and Trouble Creek Road intersection improvement, $1,379,555

• Interstate 75/County Road 54 interchange, widening of CR 54 from Old Pasco Road to Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, $4,095,767. (The Florida Department of Transportation paid for much of the rest of the original $22,039,126 estimate.)

• Little Road and Fox Hollow Drive intersection improvement, $34,366*

• Little Road and Ponderosa Avenue intersection improvement, $1,024,043

• Little Road and Rancho Del Rio Drive intersection improvement, $193,392*

• Little Road and River Crossing Boulevard intersection improvement, $128,315*

• Main Street from Congress Street to Rowan Road, $4,762,649

• Regency Park Boulevard and San Miguel Drive intersection improvement, $477,134

• Ridge Road and Sterling Lane median upgrade, $40,837*

• Seven Springs Boulevard and Jenner Avenue signal upgrades, $159,307*

• Seven Springs Boulevard and Lassen Avenue signal upgrades, $124,965*

• Seven Springs Boulevard median safety improvement, $7,826,692

• State Road 52 and Prospect Road intersection improvement, $2,934,669

• State Road 54 and Boyette Road intersection improvement, $1,011,480

• State Road 54 from Curley Road to Morris Bridge Road design, $950,000

• State Road 54 resurfacing from Curley Road to Morris Bridge Road (Completed by FDOT)

• Starkey trail connection from Congress Street to Starkey Boulevard (Completed using federal stimulus money)

• Starkey trail Phase 2 along Wilderness road, $22,919

• Starkey trail Phases 3 and 4 and new gate improvement, $444,579

• U.S. 19 and Fox Hollow Drive intersection improvement, $750,244

• U.S. 19 median channelization and right turn lanes, $7,669,062 (FDOT plans to complete the remainder of the project)

Projects under construction or out to bid

(costs are estimated)

• Hudson Avenue and Little Road intersection improvement, $444,272*

Projects in right-of-way acquisition

(costs are estimated)

• Clinton Avenue widening from Meigs Lane to Pasadena Road, $4,492,415*

• Perrine Ranch Road/Grand Boulevard and Perrine Ranch Road/Seven Springs Boulevard intersection improvements, $10,000,000*

• Moon Lake Road and State Road 52 intersection improvement, $2,835,355*

Projects in design

(costs are estimated)

• Boyette Road and Wells Road intersection improvement, $796,219*

• Curley Road and Old St. Joe Road intersection improvement, $753,094*

• Hudson Avenue and Hicks Road intersection improvement, $2,012,795*

• Little Road and Massachusetts Avenue intersection improvement, $2,282,015*

• Old Pasco Road and Quail Hollow Boulevard intersection improvement, $1,975,423*

• Parkway Boulevard and Shining Star Drive intersection improvement, $240,537*

• Shady Hills Road and Softwind Lane intersection improvement, $812,417*

• State Road 54 and Morris Bridge Road intersection improvement, $1,745,000*

Miscellaneous projects

• Congress Street and Orchid Lake Drive intersection improvement, $184,189

• Countywide right-of-way acquisition, $3,500,000

• Bus transit shelters and transit station, $948,545

Public safety equipment

Fire and Rescue

• 102 defibrillators in public areas, $137,568

• Defibrillator supplies, $9,985

• 16 defibrillators for county use, $463,528

• 3 new ambulances, $284,400 (an additional vehicle purchase is planned, $117,000)

• 5 replacement ambulances, $711,715

• 5 upgrades to replacement ambulances, $60,000

• 4 new fire engines, $1,277,840

• 10 upgrades to replacement pumpers, $1,014,346 (another 15 are planned, $1,500,000)

• Planned upgrades to fire stations, $1,717,195

• Planned purchases of laptops for vehicles, $500,000

• 34 replacement toughbooks, $136,893 (an additional 11 purchases are planned, $26,572)

Not built

• The county did not build two new fire stations ($2,850,971) because it could not afford to add enough staff for those stations

Sheriff's Office

• 561 laptops for vehicles, $662,692 (another 446 purchases are planned, $446,000)

• 642 patrol cruisers, $12,669,439 (another 137 purchases are planned, $3,487,215)

• 7 motorcycles, $107,450

• 4 pickup trucks, $141,265

• Accessories and equipment for vehicles, $1,070,851 (another $576,175 is planned)

Reserves

The county estimates it will have $7,091,558 in reserves by the end of the first round of the Penny. Originally, that was budgeted to pay for construction overruns. As costs dropped during the recession, that money was not needed. To use that money, commissioners will likely approve new construction projects in the coming months.

Source: Pasco County Office of Management and Budget

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