Budget should be dictated by you
At 6:30 p.m. Sept. 6 in Dade City and Sept. 20 in New Port Richey, the county's final budget hearings will be held. The millage has been set and cannot be raised, only lowered. This decreased the amount of collected ad valorem taxes by approximately $3.3 million.
Last year our county adopted fees for all children to play organized league sports. The fees are $5 per child, per season, if on a free or reduced-price lunch; or $10 per child, per season, if not on a free or reduced lunch. We have also instituted a $2 daily parking fee, or a $60 annual pass, at 11 of our county parks. The budget projected collections of $760,000. The collection total for the year will be approximately $400,000. The balance was made up from fund balance.
The 2012 budget has an additional $1.6 million potentially scheduled for reserves. I feel very strongly that now is not the time to build reserves. Some say reserves are for rainy days. I say it is raining cats and dogs. The budget for next year (if all things stay the same), would have to be adjusted by $2.12 per $50,000 of assessed value ($100,000 on a homesteaded home) to generate $800,000 in tax revenue. This would eliminate all of the organized sports fees and the parking fees.
If you would rather do away with these fees for all Pasco residents, I suggest you contact county commissioners at (727) 847-8100 or email@example.com, or by coming to one of the budget hearings. You the people need to communicate to have your voice heard.
District 5 Commissioner
Enforce the county's panhandling law | Aug. 26 letter
No one gets hurt by panhandling
I disagree with the writer that Pasco County has a do-nothing law enforcement. I am very happy with their performance.
Homeless people are panhandling to survive. I notice that quite a few of our drivers don't mind parting with a few dollars on the corner rather than having people break into their homes. The veterans of Pasco County have recognized this and provide trucks with portable showers, food and housing, when available, to the homeless, many of whom are veterans.
I can't believe the writer would have these people forced off a productive corner to, at worst, the county jail where everyone can pay for their situation. Nobody has to donate to them, and I have never seen one of them get aggressive at one of these corners.
Give the rest of us a break and give the Sheriff's Office the credit it deserves.
Jack Kinney, VFW
New tea party is going overboard
Review history. The original Tea Party participants only threw out the tea, not everything imported from England. Just the tea.
I understand the new tea party wants to make a statement, but they should remember to chose an issue or item and not just say "no'' to anything and everything others want to try to implement.
Please, just the tea!
Timothy E. Wohlfiel, Hudson