Saturday, April 21, 2018
Politics

Port Richey voters will pick new mayor Aug. 14

PORT RICHEY

Special election for new mayor is Aug. 14

The city will hold a special election in August to pick a replacement for former Mayor Richard Rober.

Port Richey City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday evening to piggy-back on the county's Aug. 14 primary elections to hold the mayoral special election at no cost to the city. City Manager Tom O'Neill said he would soon inform the council on qualifying dates for candidates after meeting with Pasco elections officials.

The council did have the option of holding the special election sooner, but it would have cost the city about $4,000, Pasco Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley said last week.

Rober, 52, resigned late last month, saying he expected the IRS to take legal action against he and his wife, Averill. The U.S. Attorney's Office announced charges against the couple last week, saying they underreported earnings of more than $239,000 from 2005 to 2007, with unpaid taxes exceeding $55,000.

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