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Tax board merger considered

By STEPHANIE HAYES
Published March 9, 2007


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Football and cheerleading in Lutz: The Lutz Chiefs Football and Cheerleading youth organization is accepting applications for experienced head coaches in all divisions. Call 813 948-2740.

Open registration for ages 5-16 will be 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Saturday. All registrations will take place at the Lutz Beef O'Brady's in the Winn-Dixie Plaza at U.S. 41 and Sunset Lane.

Football and cheerleading in Westchase: The Westchase Colts are holding new player registration for football and cheerleading 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday in front of the 7-Eleven at Linebaugh Avenue and Sheldon Road. Registration is open to boys and girls 5-14. Call (813) 448-7301.

Football and cheerleading in New Tampa: The New Tampa Patriots will hold player registration 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the New Tampa Family YMCA at 16221 Compton Drive Blvd. in Tampa Palms. Registration is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Patriots will register boys and girls 5-15 for football and cheerleading. The registration fee for football will be $225 plus $45 for an individual practice package that includes practice jersey, pants and a Hardcup Chin Strap. Registration for cheerleading will be $135.

In addition, the New Tampa Youth Flag League will register boys and girls 5-15 for Spring Flag Football, which will begin April 1. The registration fee for flag football is $65 and includes a jersey and shorts.

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. For further information on either program, contact the Patriots (813) 493-8700

Camp: Move 'N Groove City, 7620 Gunn Highway, is offering spring camp for children 5-13. The camp will be 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. March 19-23. Activities include arts and crafts, dance and fitness classes, Spanish language instruction, movies, games, and snacks. No registration fee. Full time and flex time available. Call (813) 926-0575.

Fitness classes: Move 'N Groove City, 7620 Gunn Highway, offers Saturday classes in tae kwon do, yoga, zumba and cardiomania and weekday classes in kidsrobics, cheerleading, dancemania, kid-fit, hip hop and open gym. Children 2-15 are eligible. No registration fee or contract required. Call (813) 926-0575.

Golf tournament: Crown Auto Dealerships will host the eighth annual Centre for Women Golf Classic on Monday at Hunter's Green Golf and Country Club, 18101 Longwater Run Drive. The event will be a four-person team scramble with a shotgun start. There will be auctions and prizes, and sponsorship opportunities are available. Call (813) 251-8437.

Golf tournament: Lutz Elementary will host a golf tournament at noon Monday at Southern Hills Plantation Golf & Country Club, 5374 Broad St. in Brooksville. Funds raised will go toward the school's campaign to raise money for a covered playground. Call (813) 949-1452.

Please send sports announcements to northtampa@sptimes.com or fax to (813) 269-5310.

It can be a mouthful, and a load to keep track of - two taxing boards in Westchase. Each serves a separate half of the community. Different names, different budgets and, sometimes, different philosophies.

But things might get a bit simpler.

At Tuesday's meeting of the two community development districts, supervisors decided to look closer at merging into one board. That board would handle finances and maintain common property such as landscaping, signs, bridges and fountains.

"I believe that if this community can be run by one association, it ought to be able to be run by one community development district," said Westchase CDD supervisor Bill Kemerer, about Westchase's single umbrella homeowner's association.

The CDDs' attorney and manager will prepare a detailed time line and merging cost assessment and recommend how to whittle 10 current supervisors into one five-member board.

Two years ago, management staff conducted a rough merging study that never took off.

This time, there appears to be more support.

"It seems like a no-brainer as far as cost savings," supervisor Joseph Lechman said.

The detailed report should be ready for the May 1 meeting.

Also at the meeting: With the word "merge" in the air, some supervisors weren't ready to explore new management companies.

Current management firm Severn Trent rubbed board members the wrong way last year when software problems led to months of missing and incomplete financial reports.

Westchase East supervisor Anthony Sanchez has championed an effort to seek proposals from other management firms.

But some supervisors say Severn Trent has been on the rebound.

"In the last several months, I think Severn Trent has gone a long way," said Westchase East supervisor Susan Edgerley. "They have worked very hard to meet those problems head-on and fix them."

The Westchase East board voted not to seek proposals right away. Some said it didn't make sense while pursing the daunting task of merging, while others would like to explore their alternatives.

The Westchase board decided to invite interested management companies to informally pitch their services at 2:30 p.m. April 3, before the regular 4 p.m. board meeting.

Stephanie Hayes can be reached at shayes@sptimes.com or (813) 269-5303.

[Last modified March 8, 2007, 08:24:17]


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