Property owners in a new crime prevention district will go to the polls Oct. 22 to vote on a fee that would be used to increase security patrols, and fund beautification and improvement projects.
The Park Forest East Crime Prevention and Improvement District is asking property owners to approve an annual fee of $70 per single-family home, according to legislation that created the district.
The fee would raise about $26,400 a year and would commence in 2012, the legislation says. The authority to collect the fee would expire in 10 years.
Homeowners who fail to pay their property taxes could face a lien on their homes.
Dawn Collins, vice president of the district’s board of commissioners, said mandatory fees are necessary because not enough homeowners are voluntarily paying dues to maintain security.
Less than half of the more than 300 people living in the district pay dues to the Park Forest East Civic Association, said Collins, who has lived in the Park Forest East area for the past three years.
The association can only afford to pay for a limited amount of extra duty patrols, Collins said. More patrols are needed, she added.
If voters approve the fee for the Crime Prevention and Improvement District, Collins said the fees would fund an increased security presence as well as some beautification projects and neighborhood activities.
The projects and activities would promote a sense of community, which would create a safer neighborhood, Collins said.
Park Forest East is bordered by North Sherwood Forest Drive, North Sherwood Forest Park, Sarasota Drive, and the intersection of Flamingo and Sarasota drives. It also includes residences on both sides of the extension of Flamingo past Sarasota.