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Bill will hurt homeowners, communities

Letters to the Editor
Published April 6, 2005


Re: Homeowners board fears two proposed bills, April 3.

Our office has been receiving many calls on a bill that has been filed in the Florida Legislature and reported in your newspaper. Senate Bill 2632 by Sen. Gary Siplin of Orlando, if passed, will have a devastating effect on hundreds of communities in Pasco and throughout Florida.

We were contacted by Mel Phillips, president of the Council of Neighborhood Associations, who expressed his grave concerns with the legislation. I agree with Mr. Phillips. This is a bad bill that, if passed, would severely tie the hands of deed restricted communities to collect late dues for maintenance of common areas, thus forcing all other homeowners to pick up the extra costs. As Mr. Phillips has stated, waiting for up to five years to force the collection of dues would have a devastating impact on communities and their homeowners.

While I appreciate the contacts being made to our office against this bill, it is important that people in the grass roots opposition continue by reaching out to other legislators and voicing their opposition. I will work to defeat this proposal and continue to protect the integrity of our local communities.


-- Mike Fasano, state senator, District 11

Pasco commission should pass fee for new residents

Perhaps instead of the Pasco County commissioners adding an additional new home impact fee, they could instead implement a new resident fee. These new residents, and not me, are the ones placing the current burdens on our schools and roads. They should be the ones bearing the cost of improving the roads and building new schools.

The plan would be simple. Before any resident new to Pasco County can turn on utilities, buy a house, register a child for school, etc., he would have to pay the $2,620 additional impact fee proposed for new homes. Not only would this force these new residents to pull their weight in the improvement of Pasco, the cost also may help keep some of the undesirables out of my hometown.


-- John F. Marretta, Port Richey

Let our commissioners listen to what we hear

The Development Review Committee and Pasco commissioners don't really care about our concerns and our sincere words.

So, may I suggest we drive down to Wal-Mart on Ridge Road and just sit and listen? Listen to the horns blow, listen to the cars screeching, listen to big trucks loading and unloading, listen to a police car's siren, listen to the baby nearby crying and screaming all night.

Then take the tape and blast it in front of a commissioner's home.

Well, do you think we would be breaking the law for disturbing the peace?


-- Estelle Rodman, Bayonet Point

Ballot for Port Richey city election is incomplete

The April 12 Port Richey city election should include the question: Should the city of Port Richey be dissolved and become part of Pasco County?

I will type in this idea for the write-in candidate part of the ballot.

I know my vote will be kicked out, but I, myself, will feel better.


-- Murray Guttman, Port Richey

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