Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Wesley Chapel neighborhood needs road repairs, but at what cost?

Michele Baker, Pasco County administrator, says the County Commission  is “between a rock and a hard place” over the repairs.

Michele Baker, Pasco County administrator, says the County Commission is “between a rock and a hard place” over the repairs.

DADE CITY — Fox Ridge residents have complained for years about potholes and flooded streets in their Wesley Chapel neighborhood. On Tuesday, more than 50 of them showed up at a Pasco County Commission meeting to demand something be done — but not at the prices suggested by the county.

County staff last month suggested setting up a special taxing district to tackle the infrastructure problems. The first job — correcting the neighborhood's stormwater system — was estimated at $1.3 million, and residents would have to pay for the work themselves: $458 per household per year for five years.

When that work is done, the county would consider an additional assessment to fix the roads. About a dozen people said it's too much.

"I just think that $500 is a big burden to put on our family," said Dawn Perdomo, who arrived with five young children. "I just think there has to be a better way to resolve it."

"Please don't burden these homeowners," said lawyer Richard Roosa, whose daughter lives at Fox Ridge, just south of State Road 54.

County Administrator Michele Baker explained that because the entity responsible for neighborhood maintenance — the Pasco Heights Road and Bridge District — failed to do its job, it had fallen to the county to help out.

The Legislature, which created the developer-led road and bridge district in 1977, declared it "inactive" in March 2011, a step shy of dissolution. Now the county is seeking to create a special taxing district to take on the maintenance itself.

"The commission is between a rock and a hard place," Baker said.

Commissioners voted 4-0 to create the district, but held off on committing to the $1.3 million assessment. They want staff to look into lowering the cost or asking the Legislature to reactivate the road and bridge district.

If they don't commit to the assessment by Sept. 3, they will have to delay the work at least until next year.

Wesley Chapel neighborhood needs road repairs, but at what cost? 08/05/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 8:06pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Jones: Bucs need success to get national respect


    Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones offers up his Two Cents on the world of sports.

    No respect

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter walks the field during the second day of mandatory minicamp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
  2. Hopes fade after landslide destroys Chinese village (w/video)


    Crews searching through the night in the rubble left by a landslide that buried a mountain village under tons of soil and rocks in southwestern China found 15 bodies, but more than 110 more people remained missing.

    Vehicles and people line a road leading to the site of a landslide in Xinmo village in Mao County on Saturday in southwestern China’s Sichuan Province. More than 100 people remained missing after the village was buried under tons of rocks and soil.
  3. Rookie Jake Faria dissatisfied with performance in Rays' loss to Orioles

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The rookie pitcher walked to his locker Saturday after tossing the fourth quality start in as many tries to begin his career. He held the potent Orioles bats to three runs and for six innings gave his team a chance to win.

    Orioles third baseman Manny Machado tags out the Rays’ Mallex Smith at third after a rundown in the first inning.
  4. Thousands converge in two St. Pete locations celebrating LGBT rights

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Tom Rockhill didn't know what to expect Saturday, but by noon people were knocking on the door of his bar Right Around the Corner in Grand Central.

    (From left to right) Emma Chalut 18, gets a rainbow sticker on her cheek from her sister Ellie, 15 both of Jacksonville before the annual St. Pete Pride parade in downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday. This year the route was changed from the Grand Central and Kenwood area to Bayshore Drive.
[EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]
  5. Retired Florida Supreme Court Justice Parker Lee McDonald dies

    TALLAHASSEE — A former Florida Supreme Court justice, who wrote a decision that prevented lawyers from excluding jurors because of their race, has died.

    Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Parker Lee McDonald died Saturday, the court said in a statement. He was 93.