NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco Tax Collector Mike Fasano is planning to open a tax office in Wesley Chapel to replace the one damaged by a storm two years ago in Zephyrhills.
Unlike former Tax Collector Mike Olson, Fasano says he'll lease existing space rather than build an office that could have run $2 million to $4 million.
Olson planned to tap $1.8 million in fees plus future revenues to offset the project's costs.
Fasano's proposal returns most of those fees to the county and uses $600,000 to renovate an 8,400-square-foot space at the Grove shopping center at Interstate 75 and State Road 54.
The office, set to open in June or July, will issue drivers licenses, vehicle tags, business licences, and hunting and fishing licenses. Clients will be able to take their drivers tests behind the shopping center.
"It will be a full-service office," Fasano said. "The space is perfect and we can use money that's already there. We don't have to go into future revenues."
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