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Pasco tax collector suffers stroke, placed in hospice

Published:   |   Updated: June 26, 2013 at 05:38 PM

NEW PORT RICHEY - Longtime Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Olson was placed in hospice care Wednesday after suffering a stroke over the weekend.Assistant Tax Collector Eileen Ferdinand issued a brief memo to employees after speaking with Olson's wife, Mary, Wednesday afternoon."Contrary to any rumors you may have heard, Mr. Olson is alive and under hospice care," the memo reads.Olson, 68, was elected tax collector in 1981. Prior to that, he served six years as a county commissioner. He is a New Port Richey native whose father served as the city's police chief and whose mother was a longtime school principal.The only Democrat among Pasco County's elected officials, Olson won reelection in 2012 with 68 percent of the vote. His office is responsible for collecting and distributing more than $500 million a year. Over the course of his three decades as tax collector, he returned $70 million to county 371-1852Twitter @LKinslerTBO


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