Penny for Pasco
"Thank you, Pasco County voters!"
The "Penny for Pasco" revenues are used to enhance the quality of life for our citizens through the completion of capital projects and purchases by the County, Cities and the School Board. The Penny for Pasco is a two time voter approved Local Government Infrastructure Surtax. This tax, at a rate of one cent per each dollar per sale*, provides designated funds for economic development, public safety vehicles and equipment, conservation of land and natural resources, transportation infrastructure improvements, and enhancements for our educational facilities.
*up to a sales amount of $5,000
The first Penny for Pasco Local Government Infrastructure Surtax was passed by Pasco County voters on March 9, 2004 and was in effect from January 1, 2005 through December 31, 2014 and collected more than $320,000,000.
On November 6, 2012, voters signaled their approval for the continuation of the Penny for Pasco Surtax for another ten years. The renewal was supported by 70% of the voters in Pasco County! This time, the Penny began collecting revenues in January 2015 and will continue through December 31, 2024 with proceeds estimated to be greater than $700,000,000.
Please explore this page and the links to different projects and reports to see how the Penny for Pasco is funding Open Spaces and Vibrant Places!
The Penny funding will provide business incentives for qualified industries that create high paying jobs in the County, fund public safety with the purchase of law enforcement, fire and rescue vehicles equipped with laptop computers; construct transportation projects that include intersection improvements, sidewalks and pedestrian safety projects, new bicycle/pedestrian trails, and several public transportation projects; retrofit and equip our schools built before 1975 with new technology and provide repairs to aging schools; and, protect our water resources through the purchase of environmental lands.