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Pasco County considers assessing coastal residents to dredge canals

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A recent estimate puts the cost at $14.2 million, officials said.

Pasco County officials have tried for years to figure out how to keep a plan to dredge the county’s coastal canals afloat amid concerns the multimillion-dollar cost could sink it.

On Tuesday, the Pasco County Commission will consider sharing the expense with the property owners benefiting from deeper and wider canals.

If commissioners authorize a new special assessment ordinance, the still-to-be-determined charges will be affixed to property tax bills. First, county staff will have to calculate the overall costs and assemble the list of properties to share the expense.

Specifics on how much could be on each property owner’s tax bill won’t be settled until commissioners discuss their 2024 county budget later this summer.