Should a 250-home neighborhood in unincorporated Hillsborough become part of the city of Temple Terrace? That's what residents of both the neighborhood and the city will decide in an annexation referendum on Tuesday's ballot.
Also Tuesday, Temple Terrace voters will select a mayor and three City Council members.
Mayoral candidates are Frank S. Ferreri, Fred Whisenhunt and Robert F. "Bob" Woodard. City Council candidates are Fran Barford, Frances E. Bianco, Jim Falsone, Maxine Le Compte, Frank Musolino, Bob F. Owen and Vernon E. Taylor.
A majority of residents in the neighborhood, bordered by Fowler and Fletcher avenues and 50th and 56th streets, just east of the University of South Florida, signed a petition saying they want to be part of Temple Terrace. If that annexation occurs, they would receive city utility, fire and police services.
Resident Fraser Ottanelli says the annexation will increase police protection and code enforcement. "Ultimately, it will preserve and maintain the unique quality of our neighborhood," he said.
City Manager Tom Bonfield, who calls the neighborhood "very compatible" with Temple Terrace, said a recent study estimated the residents' overall tax bill will increase an average of $50 a year if the annexation occurs.
A majority of voters in both the city and the neighborhood must approve the measure for it to pass. Six such annexations have passed in Temple Terrace in three years, Bonfield said.
The plan is not without detractors. Resident Mark Albritton says some think the tax increase isn't worth the services.
_ SUE CARLTON