ST. LEO — Town Commissioners this week called on their attorney to find a way for Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club residents whose properties lie within the town limits to split from Pasco's oldest municipality.
Commissioners on Monday night voted unanimously for Town Attorney Patricia Petruff to "aggressively" pursue an avenue for the de-annexation of 85 homes located in the Lake Jovita subdivision, which could include drafting an ordinance for the commission's consideration that would allow the split.
For years, a groundswell of town residents of the gated community — where another 650 homes are in unincorporated Pasco County — have sought de-annexation, decrying having to pay both county and town taxes.
The decision by the commission Monday came even though Petruff told the board she believes state law prohibits St. Leo from de-annexing the property due to population density there.
The commission also gave the green light for Petruff to send a letter to the Florida Attorney General's Office seeking a ruling on whether the proposed de-annexation would be legal.