Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Hernando letters: Prohibitive costs push out Spring Hill residents


Rising costs take toll in Spring Hill

I guess it is time to say good-bye. I like Spring Hill. I like the layout and convenience of our community. I bought a home in a managed neighborhood in 1996 and paid it off in 15 years as planned. I am a blue-collar worker and owning my own home outright was a personal goal. The children benefited from the great school system here. My wife and I have been active in the community over the years. Now it is time to retire and enjoy our senior lives.

The reality of our community has cast a shadow over this plan. There has been a series of events that now come to bear on the homeowners.

Sinkhole problems increased and so did our homeowner's insurance. Meanwhile, property values dropped, foreclosures increased to record levels and government-subsidized housing was allowed near deed-restricted communities. These same communities allowed many rental units and the transient occupants caused various impacts on the homeowners actually living in their homes.

Consolidation of two of our fire departments will allow for many benefits, but why not include the whole county in one department? What if we consolidated all of our government as well? In the meantime, our county government is proposing a 25 percent increase in the property tax rate.

Careful planning coupled with intelligent community business decisions may have prevented the current situation. Facing a $4,000 insurance premium with $2,000 in property taxes amounts to $500 month in expenses to pay for a home that is owned free and clear. Coupling that with the ongoing business of sinkhole claims and contractors, it may be just time to say thanks, and goodbye to Spring Hill.

John Adams, Spring Hill


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Updated: 11/21/17

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Published: 11/17/17

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Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17

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Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17

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Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/16/17

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Nov. 17

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Published: 11/15/17

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Published: 11/14/17
Updated: 11/21/17

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Published: 11/13/17
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