Legislative / Administration

Dan Biles
County Administrator
Ext. 8529

Joanna Cheshire
Chief of Staff
Ext. 7589

Desirae Wagner
Administrative Assistant
Ext. 8529

Johanna Rodriguez
Program Manager
Ext. 8440

Pasco County Internal Communications Videos

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Town Hall-style meeting covering organizational news and information historically delivered through Quarterly Branch Supervisor’s meetings.

One-on-one interviews focusing on how we measure, report and improve our performance.

Ask Dan
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Q & A session with County Administrator Dan Biles.

Senior leaders share thoughts, ideas and experiences on how they lead in their organization.

More detailed answers to questions addressed live can be found below.
  1. Pasco Picture Town Hall
  2. Ask Me Anything

Pasco Picture Town Hall Event on 8/11

Question 1: Can we eliminate less charges between departments? They are not applied consistently and they take away from the spirit of internal cooperation. We are all part of Pasco County so why charge each other?

Answer: Less charges are a way for the County Departments that are not considered a central service to recoup actual expenses and quantify time spent assisting other departments.  Many funds have restrictions on how and what they can be budgeted for – the less charge process is how we accurately cost functions to funds that have restricted uses.  For example, it is not good accounting practice to budget project manager salaries to the capital project fund so the salaries are budgeted in the municipal service fund.  As the project manager performs work on a project funded by the capital project fund, the time spent on the project is applied to the capital project fund through the less charge process which results in money moving from the capital project fund to the municipal service fund to reimburse the MSF for that portion of the project manager’s salary.   The less charge process also helps to identify the needs of additional funding and staffing for those departments. Consistency and efficiency is something we are all continually working on as we move forward through the Sterling journey. 

Question 2: Can we also eliminate indirect costs and just fund each department as it needs to be funded to provide the necessary services, whether customers are internal or external?

Answer: Indirect costs is the method used to fund each department as it needs to be funded to provide the necessary services. Indirect costs are the means to capture costs for one department/fund to provide a service to another department/fund. The advantage of the indirect cost charge is the County does not need to stand up a large bureaucratic, paperwork exercise to capture these costs. In other words, the indirect cost method of capturing costs saves each department/fund time and money.  Indirect costs also form the basis of a Federally accepted/approved overhead rate that can be applied to grants and grant funding – without the indirect cost rate, the county will lose out on money with grants.

Question 3: Can you give more information on what HR is going to be doing with the list of employees that received or did not receive the COVID vaccination?

Answer: We are using the list for contact tracing at this time.    (IE  If someone comes to work and they are positive,  then we need to identify everyone they had contact with).   If a person they contacted was already vaccinated,  they do not need to be sent home or quarantined.

Question 4: Can we eliminate less charges once and for all? They are not consistently applied, are cumbersome, and take away from the idea of being one team. Instead, please consider providing the departments with the budgets necessary to serve their internal customers, rather than moving money back and forth between departments.

Answer: See answers to Questions 1 & 2.

Question 5: What do you think about an initiative where there are scheduled days (maybe quarterly) where our citizens can drop off junk and debris at our dumps at no costs; or have dumps placed in strategic locations throughout our aging communities as a cleanup initiative to have citizens dispose of their garbage? What are the obstacles in realizing such a program?

Answer: It’s a fantastic idea; however, the reality is that the solid waste program is heavily leveraged and we have bond covenants prohibiting free service (obstacle 1).  There would need to be an alternative source of funding (obstacle 2).  The solid waste team already exercises “common sense” when receiving garbage and counting against every citizen’s right to bring up to eight (8) bags of household garbage daily.  We also hold community clean ups annually in each district – typically, in communities of limited income. The cost of solid waste service is either recovered through tipping fees or the solid waste tax assessment. If we were to allow additional trash to be dropped for free or have other locations where waste would be collected we would have to recover this cost, 1) because our bond covenants require it and 2) to ensure program revenues are at an appropriate level.

Question 6: What do you think of building additional piers for pier fishing throughout the length of our coast?

Answer: Great idea. Unfortunately no such projects are identified in our current capital plan, so yep funding, Doesn’t mean we can’t add one. However with that said we would need to control a piece of land that this could work on. Nothing coming to mind. Permitting can also be a hurdle.