Penny for Pasco
Your Penny Your Future
The Penny for Pasco is a three-time, voter-approved Local Government Infrastructure Surtax in Pasco County. This sales tax, at a rate of one cent per each dollar (sale amount up to $5,000), provides designated funds for economic development, public safety vehicles and equipment, conservation of land and natural resources, transportation infrastructure improvements, and enhancements for educational facilities.
Pasco County voters passed the first Penny for Pasco March 9, 2004. It was in effect from January 1, 2005, through December 31, 2014, and collected over $320,000,000. In 2012, voters approved the continuation of the Penny for Pasco for another ten years. Between January 2015 and December 2024 proceeds are estimated to be greater than $700,000,000. Most recently, in 2022, 65% of voters supported the renewal of the Penny for Pasco for an additional 15 years – from January 2025 – December 2039. Revenues are estimated to be $1,902,552,316.
We have lots of great work to do! Proposed BCC Projects for 2025 - 2039
Penny for Pasco funding provides 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.
Penny for Pasco Oversight Committees
Environmental Lands Acquisition Selection Committee (ELASC)
The ELASC reviews nominations submitted to Pasco County for the acquisition and protection of environmentally sensitive lands. The committee’s recommendations are then presented to the Board of County Commissioners for approval or denial.
Jobs and Economic Opportunities Committee (JEOC)
The JEOC makes recommendations on JEO Trust Fund Program initiatives and campaigns and reports annually to the Board of County Commissioners on JEO Trust Fund Program progress.
Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC)
The BPAC makes recommendations to the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) about bicycle and pedestrian issues and helps the MPO develop bikeways and pedestrian plans and projects for Pasco County.
Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)
The CAC advises the Metropolitan Planning Organization board by making recommendations on the transportation planning process to address short and long range transportation planning issues and needs.
Learn more about Pasco’s Advisory Boards & Committees.