DADE CITY — One of Pasco County’s most outspoken government critics made a political statement Monday when she paid her $11,075.44 tax bill in $1 bills and 44 pennies.
“It took several employees more than an hour to count and verify it,” Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano said. “It was correct — down to the penny.”
Julann Roe, a registered Libertarian, lives on a 41-acre estate in Dade City valued at $711,447. Her property on Mickler Road includes a 4,014-square-foot home with a covered pool, jacuzzi and outdoor fireplace, a detached three-car garage and horse stables worth $118,300.
Roe could not be reached for comment.
The insurance company owner attended multiple public hearings this year to speak against the county budget, which included employee pay raises for the first time in five years. She also spoke against a Pasco County proposal to increase the gas-tax increase — which commissioners defeated — and the Florida Retirement System.
“I do not feel obligated to pay for any wage increase for any county employee,” she said in September. “I do not feel obligated to pay for your retirement, either. Save your own money for your own retirement.”
“The public is not your slush fund,” she continued. “Stay within your means because we don’t want anymore taxes.”
Fasano said Roe’s visit to the Dade City tax collector’s office created a bit of a commotion.
“We’re here to serve anyone who comes into our office,” he said. “We’ve had people pay in cash before, but to have a property tax bill over $11,000 is not average. I was wondering how she got that many dollar bills. I doubt any bank would have that many singles on hand.”