Editor: The $5.7-million tourist tax is still burning a hole in the collective pocket of the Pasco County commissioners.
Didn't they learn enough from the past studies of the feasibility of a tennis stadium, such as cost of land and access roads and lack of certainty of future revenue to make sure the stadium will not be a burden on Pasco taxpayers?
A better idea was to build a water park. Unfortunately, the developers couldn't obtain financing.
Get off the idea of tennis. As someone once said, "That dog won't hunt."
Follow other counties and add a penny to sales tax
Editor: Having attended the Pasco County Commission meeting last week and witnessing the unsuccessful plea for county funding to help with a CARES theater, I couldn't help but think of a simple and relatively painless solution: the Penny for Pasco.
I'm not trying to beat a dead horse, but the idea of adding a penny to the current 6 percent sales tax rate is a viable opportunity for many needs to be met.
Over the past several months, numerous needs have been discussed publicly by the county, not-for-profits and cities alike: construction of a theater, extension of utility lines, paving miles of dirt roads, purchase of historic structures and on and on. Yet few are willing to honestly and intelligently discuss methods of paying for these needs.
Numerous surrounding counties _ including Hillsborough and Pinellas, where many of us dine and shop _ have added the extra penny, which pays for millions of dollars of public projects: drainage, recreational facilities and roads, to just name a few. State estimates have shown that one extra penny added to the sales tax would bring in an additional $22-million to Pasco County annually.
We are quickly becoming bedroom communities to Tampa and Pinellas County. Many of those residents are accustomed to the types of amenities (theaters, museums, libraries and parks) and necessities (utility service, paved roads, emergency vehicles) that the Penny for Pasco can provide. I urge our leaders to look this gift horse in the face and allow for public discussion of this issue.
Zephyrhills City Manager
Dogs suffer from heat; ensure they're cared for
Editor: With the horrific summer heat upon us we must look around at the dogs in our neighborhoods. Do they have shelter from the sun and rain and adequate water and food supply? If not, you need to do something about it fast!
Pasco County code of ordinances, chapter 14, defines shelter as a three-sided, roofed and floored structure which is moisture and windproof, made of a durable material, of suitable size to accommodate the animal it is provided for, designed to retain the animal's body heat and to protect the animal from the elements.
Failure to provide shelter as described is considered animal cruelty and the owner can be fined or put in jail.
If you know of a dog exposed to the elements then you need to call the enforcement agency that handles your area. Please help the dogs, as they cannot help themselves. Imagine how you would feel if you were in their place!
If you live in New Port Richey call the New Port Richey Police at (727) 841-4553, in Port Richey call the Port Richey Police at (727) 816-1919 and all others call Pasco County Animal Control at (727) 834-3216.
Also, if you have or know of an animal that needs to be spayed or neutered, call Pet Aid Service Society (PASS) at 264-7729 and receive a voucher for a free spay or neuter.
We all need to help end the suffering of animals in our community.
PASS has been awarded a grant to spay and neuter companion dogs and cats, no ferals or strays. For more information, call 817-1812.