Make voice heard on Pasco's future
Over the next few weeks, Pasco County will reach out to its citizens in an effort to gain input on the county's future. The response to this effort and the potential feedback is invaluable, and it's constructive in determining the levels of service Pasco County provides.
Pasco County residents are urged to participate and share their ideas and suggestions for how county government can improve. There are a few ways residents and business owners can let their voices be heard.
First, attend one of three community meetings on Thursday, April 12 or 18. The evening engagements will be held at the West Pasco Government Center in New Port Richey and the Historic Courthouse in Dade City. For specific times, please go to our website at www.bringingopportunitieshome.com or "like us" on Facebook at "Bringing Opportunities Home to Pasco County" to follow our updates.
Citizens can also take an online survey at the same website. In fact, I urge you to do both. Many of the topics in the survey will be unlike the presentations given at the community meetings.
Finally, if you cannot make it to one of our community meetings, the April 12 meeting will be broadcast live on Pasco County Government Television; Brighthouse Networks Channel 622 or Verizon Channel 42.
It is vital that our citizens' voices are heard as we move through the current budget process, our LEAP (Lean, Efficient, Accountable Pasco) initiative and the continuing strategic planning process. Your feedback will directly impact decisions that must be made regarding the future growth and development of Pasco County, as well as services that can be provided in this tough economic climate.
The survey results and feedback from public meetings will be compiled into a draft report that will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners in May. The final results will also be posted on line.
If you are unable to attend one of the community meetings or take the survey, please visit our website, click on the customer comment card and submit your feedback there. You will also be able to review this process on our Government TV channel. In May, our Pasco 360 program will feature your input and the public outreach process.
As always, we look forward to hearing from you as we strive to keep bringing opportunities home to Pasco County.
John J. Gallagher, county administrator, New Port Richey