C.T. Bowen, Pasco County Reporter

C.T. Bowen

Pasco County Reporter

I landed in Pasco County more than 30 years ago from upstate New York and never left. I joined the Times in 1998 after 11 years at the Tampa Tribune and, over the past three decades, I've authored, stories, columns and editorials about the people, places and politics of this county. My wife, Mary Beth, and I live in Land O' Lakes and are parents of two grown sons.

Why are some Pasco residents paying Hillsborough’s higher sales tax?

Matthew Connor, owner of Beef O’Brady’s restaurant in Lutz, Pasco County, noticed an unexpected increase in his January rent and other services.  He discovered he was billed at a higher sales tax rate. Pasco charges 7 percent sales tax, but a new rate of 8.5 percent went into effect in Hillsborough County Jan. 1.
They were charged a higher sales tax — the new, 8.5 percent rate in Hillsborough County that became effective Jan. 1 — even though their purchases did not take place in that county.

In Pasco, studies reveal drop in homeless numbers, but more people in need

Preliminary data from the Jan. 22 homeless count put the number of unsheltered people in Pasco County at 688 individuals.
Biennial homeless count shows numbers are down, but separate study shows spike in needy people.

New industry plans target State Road 52 corridor in Pasco County

Two proposals call for new industrial activity along State Road 52 in central Pasco County.

Ten weeks to sell yourself to voters. Ready. Set. Go!

Republican Randall S. (Randy) Maggard. left, and Democrat Kelly Smith, are seeking the state House of Representatives District 38 seat based in east Pasco If no other major party candidate qualifies before noon Feb. 14. The special election will be April 9.
A special election for state House of Representatives District 38 will be held April 9 unless additional candidates emerge before Feb. 14.

That unfinished Beacon Woods East land in Pasco is now targeted for development

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More than 25 years after the collapse of Beacon Homes, its unfinished property is poised to sprout new homes.