DADE CITY — Hundreds of county residents took the National Citizen Survey this year, and the consensus opinion is that Pasco County needs to work on its appearance and reputation.
Of the nearly 300 communities that took part in the survey this year, 93 percent earned higher scores than Pasco. The county also ranked at the bottom for its walkability, cultural activities and economic opportunities.
“I don’t like being at the bottom of so many of those,” Commissioner Kathryn Starkey said.
County staff will discuss the results of the survey, as well as the county’s online survey, the gas tax and proposed 2015 budget this week during a series of open workshops throughout the county.
Public Information Officer Doug Tobin said the stakeholder meetings will also give residents a chance to find out more about the potential increase in the county’s gas tax and the future of the State Road 54 corridor, now that the private toll road has been rejected.
The meetings are:
♦ Dade City: Monday, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Historic Courthouse Board Room, 37918 Meridian Ave.
♦ New Port Richey: Tuesday, from 4-6 p.m. 7-9 p.m. at the West Pasco Government Center, Board Room, 8731 Citizens Drive.
♦ Land O’ Lakes: Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes, Blvd.
The Monday evening and Tuesday afternoon sessions will be broadcast on Pasco Public TV and streamed online. Viewers who cannot attend in person will be able to email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org during the live broadcast.