PASCO COUNTY, FL (BAY NEWS 9/CNN) - A couple wanted to make a real statement with their annual county tax bill, so Tuesday they paid more than $11,000 - in $1 bills.
Julann Roe carried in three bags full of cash. Workers at the county office say she didn't say much, just dropped the money down on the counter.
"$1 bills, so that would be over 11,000 $1 bills and then 44 pennies," Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano said.
It took six employees more than an hour to count the tax money due on property owned by Julann Roe and her husband Greg, including a 41-acre estate.
A quick check of the property appraiser's website reveals it's worth nearly $1 million.
After employees counted that money twice to make sure they had the right amount, they then had to stuff it into 11 bags to take to the bank.
It seems like a lot of trouble just to pay a bill. Greg Roe said he and his wife wanted to make a statement - Pasco County taxes are too high.
"When you have to handle that much cash, then all the sudden the amount of money that you're collecting becomes a little more obvious," Greg Roe said.
Fasano said the stunt is getting the Roes a lot of attention at a cost to taxpayers.
"By doing that, if they're trying to send a message, what they actually did was cost the taxpayers more money," several hundred dollars, Fasano said, for employees to count all of those singles.