What do you think of North Port, Fl?
Alla Barocco

North Port, FL

#197 May 7, 2012
Better yet as of today "no real crime here" posters!!!!!

Fraud charges filed against convicted felon:
SARASOTA COUNTY - A North Port man whose hatchets, knife, stun gun and gloves were confiscated in connection with an unsolved murder case now faces eight counts of fraud and another eight counts of dealing in stolen property Anthony Michael Brigitzer, 45, of the 5700 block of Espanola Avenue, remained in the Sarasota County jail as of this morning in lieu of $160,000 bail.

Sheriff's detectives say Brigitzer pawned jewelry and other items taken from the home of a friend's grandmother in Nokomis.

On Dec. 26, a Sarasota sheriff's deputy stopped a white Lincoln sedan driven by Brigitzer in the 4100 block of South Tamiami Trail in Venice. The deputy claimed Brigitzer was driving erratically and his passenger was not wearing a seat belt.

When they searched the trunk of Brigitzer's car, deputies say they found a stun gun, two hatchets (one with what appeared to be blood on a nail sticking out of it), a knife, latex gloves, black gloves and some black clothing. They arrested Brigitzer for possession of an electric weapon by a felon.

In 2008, Brigitzer received a prison sentence of more than three years for possession of a controlled substance and possession of ammunition by a felon. The Sheriff's Office said Brigitzer had a prior conviction for aggravated burglary in Ohio.

Hillsborough County sheriff's detectives are analysing the hatchets and other confiscated items as possible evidence in the death of Bradenton resident Kelly M. Moriarty, 38.

Moriarty and her girlfriend, 62-year-old Doris Patricia Carter, disappeared after leaving Carter's Plant City home on Dec. 17.

Moriarty's severed leg was found in Tampa Bay the day after the traffic stop in which Brigitzer was arrested.

http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20120507...
Alla Barocco

North Port, FL

#198 May 7, 2012
Wow wrote:
All of you saying NorthPort is bad...smh..*facepalm*__You guys haven't seen bad then, compared to LA and NJ. And NY and Detroit this Is nothing. I lived here for 8 years and I have to say I've never seen a crime Myself and it's not like there's a place in the world with out even a little crime.
Apply the old "STFU" rule here "Wow"

Just keeps getting better!!!!!!!!!

http://www.yoursun.com/sunnews/northport/3805...
Report: Mother arrested after driving daughter to fight:
NORTH PORT — A North Port mother was arrested after not stopping a fight between her daughter and another teen. The fight was captured on a YouTube video taped in North Port during spring break, police say.

According to a North Port police report, Jennifer Gail Reese, 38, of the 1200 block of Taggard Road in North Port, drove her teenage daughter to Marconi Avenue and Caliva Street, where the girls, ages 14 and 15, fought. Investigators, observing the video, counted 62 blows between the two during the altercation. The “victim”— investigators do not indicate which of the girls she is — was punched in the face and pushed on the ground. The victim was then straddled on the ground and unable to get up as she received “numerous blows to the head and face,” the report shows. There were also several times where the victim’s head was hit against the asphalt roadway, the report shows. Near the end of the video, the victim is also dragged by the hair a short distance. Then she is kicked once in the head and twice in the back as she tries to get up. At that point, the video ends. Reese was charged Friday with child neglect for not providing supervision or care to her daughter, battery for providing transportation to and from the fight where she knew a child was battered, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Police received a tip from a concerned parent explaining the fight occurred on March 15. Investigators were provided with the YouTube video link, posted by an observer. Reese was taken to the Sarasota County Jail and later released on $11,000 bond.
Alla Barocco

North Port, FL

#199 May 8, 2012
He is another STFU for the "NO CRIME IN NP" poster.

http://www.yoursun.com/sunnews/northport/3808...

Man charged with sexual assault:
NORTH PORT — North Port Police arrested a man last Thursday after he allegedly sexually assaulted a female family member.

According to an NPPD report, officers were called to an Alam Avenue home just after 5 p.m. on May 3 after the 46-year-old victim called 911. Police arrived at the house and heard a woman yelling. They opened the door and found Rashuan Cooper, 18, standing over the victim, who was naked and curled up in a chair, according to the report. It appeared that Cooper, who was also naked and had his arms stretched out, was trying to grab the victim. Officers ordered Cooper to the ground several times, the report states, but he just stood there and looked at the police. The report says officers took hold of his arms but Cooper attempted to pull away.
Happy to Be Alive

Gibsonton, FL

#201 Jul 6, 2012
I just cannot understand the need that people feel they have to "bash" each other. Why can't you/we discuss something in a way that it does not sound like a childish playground argument? We all have interesting perspectives to share, but when we approach it in such a vicious way, the message gets lost to the competitive anger that takes over the entire subject.

I am sure we all make valid points according to our own experiences and it is so much more useful to discuss them in a sharing and caring way. We need to "listen" to each other and not try to screech louder than everyone else. That way, no one gets heard and everyone is left feeling terrible.

That's just a little "food for thought"... and it probably won't take long before someone decides to jump in and make something nasty out of this. But I hope not.

I would like to suggest that you all reach out to your neighbors and offer your friendship. Many of us do not even know our neighbor's names. Let's ignore their skin color, religion, or whatever makes for diversity among us... and realize that is exactly what can make for a very interesting world.

We do have so much we can share with one another if we would only overcome our fears and suspicions and reach out!

We, not someone else, but WE... are those who make up our community.
john

North Port, FL

#202 Jul 8, 2012
WHERE DO YOU PEOPLE GET YOUR INORMATION FROM?CRIME IS UP SCHOOLS SUCK NO JOBS WE HAVE BEN HERE 4 YRS AND HAVE NO PROBLEMS WITH CRIME OR JOBS IF YOU CANNOT FIND A JOB YOU MUST BE LAZY ALL MY KIDS ARE WORLING AND NOT A 7 DOLLAR AN HOUR JOB EITHER.GO MOVE INTO THE GETTO OF NORTH PORT.IT DEPENDS WHERE YOU LIVE YOU PEPOLE MUST LIVE IN THE POOR PART OF TOWN OR ON WELFARE.GET OFF YOUR LAZY BUTT GET A GOOD JOB & MOVE OUT OF THE SLUMS.WHAT A JOKE MOST OF YOU PEOPLE DONT WANNA WORK THAT IS YOUR PROBLEM AS FOR ME I HAVE A VERRY NICE HONRE IN THE COUNTRY ITH A NICE POOL YES LIFE IS GOOD FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO WORK........WHAT DO YOU EXPECT WHEN YOU ARE ON WELFARE OR TO LAZY TO GET A JOB.......GET OUT THERE & WORK FOR A CHANGE & YOU WILL HAVE IT NICE TO INSTED OF HAVING ...NOTHING....YES NOTHING..
john

North Port, FL

#203 Jul 8, 2012
if you dont like north port move out nobody asked you to live here.......GOOD BYE..KEEP GOING
Alla Barocco

North Port, FL

#204 Jul 8, 2012
Alla Barocco wrote:
There never has been any large good paying jobs here, either in good times or bad. So how can jobs come back if there were none to begin with. We have one of the highest unemployment rates in SW Florida.
80% of the working population lucky to have a job has to work outside of the city due to the lack of jobs period. Every single post telling how much there is to do here post how close every thing is to them. All of which are in another city, not here.
Here is what we have; box stores, gas stations and fast food.
The city services are absolutely horrible, and show no sign of improving period.
You have a police department that is in constant turmoil. Just a year ago a PD dispatcher was fired for negligence, the at the sametime a rookie with less then a year on the department was suspended for starting a fight at a Tampa coutry bar.
Shortly before that an officer quit before he was fired for coming to work while under the influence of a narcotic. Then an officer was suspended for 3 months for starting a fight at a North Port Bar and grill. Before that an officer quit before he could be fired for show a squad car video to several people of two girls in its backseat flashing their breast. Last there are the male and female officers who were suspended for fraternizing. The male officer being demonted as well.
While all of this has been going on at the department, just this year in the last 7 or 8 months we have had half a dozen killings, shootings, stabbings, and general increase in crime.
Then we have the NPFD. A Lt. was fired for dereliction of duty and a ladderman for covering it up is outrageous at best.
Then there was the assistant chief who quit from the NPFD before he could be fired for DUI while driving one of the NPFD vehciles.
All of the above happened in the last year.
You have a waste management department that can not keep more then half the fleet of vehicle in working order at any one time. City water and sewage is one of the highest in the state for a city our size.
Next lets talk about how NP has one of the largest forcloser rates in the state.
This city has been my home for thrity years, not just half a dozen as those who think things are great here.
The city has had it's ups and downs for sure, however it has been in the downs for over 15 years now and not getting better.
We may have more of this and that but quantity does not mean quality by any means.
There are no decent restaurants, unless your idea of gourmet is the slop house "The Stuff a Belly Restaurant".
There are no pastures and greenspace. Just single family home lots that have become over grown over the years.
Unless you plan on boating through weed and muck infested shallow canals, there is really no place to do such in the city.
The closest beach access that is free is more then 20 minutes away and was closed three different times just a few months ago do to pollution caused by(man-made)sources for fecal coliform.
There are no large employable businesses in town, and absolutely no manufacturing jobs at all. Just underpaying box stores and fast food jobs.
The city has one of the states highest forecloser rates per capita in the state.
Oh one other thing! The Toledo blade ER is just that, an ER. There are no beds at all for over night stay. If you need to do such you are shipped out to Sarasota Memorial via the North Port EMS at substantial charge to most insurance co-pay.
BUMP
Alla Barocco

North Port, FL

#205 Jul 8, 2012
Alla Barocco wrote:
I have lived here for 30 yrs and can say that this city is still missing a vast majority of things that make it an all in one town.
The police department has been in constant turmoil for more years then I have lived here. The current police admin is no exception. They have more officers that come under public scrutiny then any other PD in the area.
In the last year alone 10% of the department has been either suspended of fired.
The NPFD has no better record either.
It took all most fifteen years after I moved here in 1980 before the city would okey its first fast food restaurant (McDonalds). The main reason the city commis. gave over and over was they did not want a place for teens to congregate and cause trouble.
At any one time the waste managements fleet has at best lest then half it's fleet in working operation at any one time. The one man garbage pick-up vehicles are the biggest drain on the vehicle maintenance budget for the entire city.
Enough said, but much more can be added.
If for any other reason to look somewhere else then read this article that was written today in the Hearld.
http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20110120 ...
North Port at budget breaking point
2012: With reserves at a critical low, city will have to cut more or raise taxes
By John Davis
Published: Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 1:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 9:12 p.m.
( page of 2 )
NORTH PORT - Like a family that spent down its savings to make ends meet through the Great Recession, North Port is facing the fact that the city is going broke.
Even with seven-plus months remaining in the current budget year, city staffers are starting to make lists of possible spending reductions, including to personnel, employee wages and benefits. Pressure is mounting to raise taxes.
In a workshop Wednesday to prepare for the 2012 city budget, the City Commission acknowledged that years of spending down city reserves must come to an end, as North Port's general fund savings will have dwindled to less than $5 million by the end of the year. This is not enough liquidity for a city that spends $117 million annually.
"As we try to react and adapt to things in the budgetary year, how can we react to that if we've totally planned to use everything we've got?" asked Fire Chief Bill Taaffe.
North Port is using about $4 million from its reserves to balance the current budget, meaning that it likely faces a multimillion-dollar budget hole going into next year, even if property values stop declining.
Arguably the worst-hit city in the region as the recession subsides, North Port has lost more than half of its taxable value, some $3 billion in recent years, while holding the line on taxes and failing to significantly cut spending.
This has drained North Port's once-plentiful reserves of $27 million down to a projected $4.7 million.
"We've actually been told that we're wasting money and spending money left and right when in actuality we spent it to keep services the same as citizens wanted and to keep taxes the same as citizens wanted," said Commissioner Mike Treubert of spending trends that have threatened North Port's credit rating.
More than 40 percent of the city budget goes toward personnel costs, making layoffs likely if North Port is to bring spending and revenue in line and still not raise taxes.
"It will have to be cuts across all departments," said Commissioner Tom Jones of a worst-case-scenario next year, "including police, including fire."
North Port's 2012 budget year begins Oct. 1. Wednesday's City Commission workshop was the first step in formulating North Port's spending plans
BUMP
Alla Barocco

North Port, FL

#206 Jul 8, 2012
Alla Barocco wrote:
<quoted text>Sorry not a quiter. I will take the bad with the good. I just will fight to make it good and not cover the bad over like some.
Oh and here is a little local news from just this week.
http://www.yoursun.com/sunnews/northport/3783...
Report: Man sexually assaults girl
NORTH PORT — North Port police arrested a man Monday afternoon on charges he sexually assaulted a girl known to him on multiple occasions. According to an NPPD report, the victim, now 12, told investigators that Kenneth M. Bousson, 32, of North Port sexually assaulted her between January 2010 and January 2011, August 2011 and December 2011, and April 14-19. On several occasions he forced her onto the bed and pinned her during the course of the assaults, the report states.
http://www.yoursun.com/sunnews/northport/3783...
Police: Fatal shooting appears to be self-inflicted
NORTH PORT — A 36-year-old North Port woman apparently shot herself Tuesday afternoon following an argument with her husband, according to police.
According to North Port Police Chief Kevin Vespia, Kimberly J. Francavilla was home with her husband Michael E. Francavilla, 46, in the 6100 block of Freemont St., along with their 3-year-old daughter.“The couple had been arguing and a short time later,(Michael) heard a bang,” Vespia said in an NPPD release. Officers who responded to the scene around 4 p.m. found Kimberly dead from a gunshot wound. Freemont Street was blocked off as a precaution.“At this time, the investigation remains active and ongoing,” Vespia said. He added the husband has been cooperating with police.
http://www.yoursun.com/sunnews/northport/3783...
Men charged with armed robbery
NORTH PORT — Police have arrested two men in connection to an armed robbery that took place just before 5 a.m. April 24 at the intersection of Chamrade Road and Hillman Terrace. According to a North Port police report, the 28-year-old victim told authorities that he was riding in a car with two men, later identified as Jean Victor, 24, of the 500 block of Clearview Drive, Port Charlotte, and Christopher Stercula, 22, of the 3200 block of Everette Terrace, North Port. The victim was in the back seat and asked Victor, who was driving, to pull over so he could relieve himself, according to the report. The car door wouldn’t open, however, and Stercula allegedly then came around, opened the passenger door and began to punch the victim. Victor joined in the beating, but the victim was able to climb into the front seat and escape the vehicle.
He began to run down the street, the report states, but again was attacked by Stercula, who was wielding a razor knife. The victim knocked the knife away, but then fell down, and Stercula allegedly pulled off the victim’s shirt and pants, which contained about $400, according to the report. Again the victim got up to run. While he was calling 911, Stercula took his phone, the report states, so the victim ran to a nearby house for help while Victor and Stercula got back into the car and left the area. Both men were arrested around 12:45 p.m. Monday afternoon in Charlotte County. They both have been charged with robbery with a weapon, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, theft, and tampering in a felony proceeding by hindering communication with law enforcement. They are being held at the Sarasota County Jail — Victor on $16,500 bond, and Stercula on $13,000 bond.
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Yep welcome to the "no problem, no crime town of north port."
BUMP
Alla Barocco

North Port, FL

#207 Jul 8, 2012
john wrote:
WHERE DO YOU PEOPLE GET YOUR INORMATION FROM?CRIME IS UP SCHOOLS SUCK NO JOBS WE HAVE BEN HERE 4 YRS AND HAVE NO PROBLEMS WITH CRIME OR JOBS IF YOU CANNOT FIND A JOB YOU MUST BE LAZY ALL MY KIDS ARE WORLING AND NOT A 7 DOLLAR AN HOUR JOB EITHER.GO MOVE INTO THE GETTO OF NORTH PORT.IT DEPENDS WHERE YOU LIVE YOU PEPOLE MUST LIVE IN THE POOR PART OF TOWN OR ON WELFARE.GET OFF YOUR LAZY BUTT GET A GOOD JOB & MOVE OUT OF THE SLUMS.WHAT A JOKE MOST OF YOU PEOPLE DONT WANNA WORK THAT IS YOUR PROBLEM AS FOR ME I HAVE A VERRY NICE HONRE IN THE COUNTRY ITH A NICE POOL YES LIFE IS GOOD FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO WORK........WHAT DO YOU EXPECT WHEN YOU ARE ON WELFARE OR TO LAZY TO GET A JOB.......GET OUT THERE & WORK FOR A CHANGE & YOU WILL HAVE IT NICE TO INSTED OF HAVING ...NOTHING....YES NOTHING..
Here is a nice big cup of "SHUT THE F*CK UP" my friend. All this appeared in just todays paper.:)

http://www.yoursun.com/sunnews/northport/4030...

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Warrant Squad arrested a North Port woman Thursday upon her release from the South Sarasota County Jail in Venice to face charges in a June 30 home burglary in Port Charlotte. Holly Christine Young, 28, of the 11400 block of Maltz Ave., North Port, was charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools and grand theft.

http://www.yoursun.com/sunnews/northport/4032...

NORTH PORT — City Commissioner David Garofalo flew to Indianapolis Friday morning for a court hearing that was continued to October.

On May 1, Garofalo, 35, was arrested for driving while intoxicated after flipping his Ford Fusion in Indianapolis. He was there attending a funeral with a North Port woman and her children.

http://www.yoursun.com/sunnews/northport/4031...

NORTH PORT — Threats that health officials would be called due to an overgrowth of mold, or even disconnecting wires to get customers to pay thousands for a new air-conditioning unit, are some heavy-handed scare tactics used in scams against unsuspecting residents.

“One woman in Holiday Park was told she had mold in her home and the air-conditioning contractor was going to call the health department and have her removed from her home,” said Bill Ginn, owner of Presto Air in North Port.“Worried, she called the manager of the mobile home park and he asked the man to leave. These are the type of scams some air-conditioning companies will use once they get their foot in the door.”
veeee

United States

#208 Jul 8, 2012
I moved to north port when I was 16 now 24 tried going to school here didn't work out I felt retarded going from collage classes up north to beginners because that's how they do things in north port if ur in school n not doing drugs or having sex ur an out cast I choose to transfer from north port to Venice high school just add getting hit on by the teachers n there is ur school no jobs and the crime is out of control the cops don't do anything they are lazy
veeee

United States

#209 Jul 8, 2012
who="Alla Barocco" I think ur forgotten the shootings on Granada n grobe St, what about the a man that got mad and started to skin cats n hanging it up on clothes lines? If that's not "real crime" then I don't know where ur getting ur news from. N that was not even a year ago
Wish I never came here

Bartow, FL

#210 Aug 10, 2012
This town is like living in a secluded area and as my experience has been that, it has nothing to offer any family...retirees or a young couple raising children. Real estate is inexpensive here but only because you see foreclosed homes every where you look. This town has NO decent restaurants at all to eat out...I am not a fast food person but even that, is limited. They have a WalMart that takes you an hour to get checked out at..a Winn Dixie and I do have to give them credit for the nice Publix Supermarkets that they have built. The unemployment rate is sky rocketed here because there is nowhere to work. They do not believe in movie theaters, what they call "shopping" is like being stranded in the middle of nowhere. You can grocery shop, go to the Dollar Tree and Home Depot or Lowes but would need to call it a day after that. Street lights in this town are UNHEARD of and 99% of their landscaping is plametto bushes that rattlesnakes are atrracted to. No need to worry about traffic as no one is in a hurry because they have no where to go so you will never see a traffic jam but someone recently told me that this town has over 500 designated police officers assigned to it. I personally prefer CIVILATIZATION and human contact with the rest of the world. I wish that I had known how bad it really was before I came here.
Steven

Easton, MD

#212 Oct 9, 2012
I am from the Maryland/Washington D.C. area and I moved to the North Port Area when my father got a job transfer to the Sarasota area. Needless to say, I only lasted two months. It is a great area for retired people, but being 22 and coming from the nations capital-it was horrible. Yes, the constant sun and beatiful nearby beaches created a constant vacation feel. But, NO JOBS, nothing to do EVER and every single person I met down there was totally strung out on pills. As a matter of fact I have never been somewhere where people popped pills as if they were drinking water. Theres nothing entertaining for young people, and not much of a bright future if you as me. I moved back almost immediately. Other than vacation and retirement, stay away from this place.
gina

Bonita Springs, FL

#213 Jan 18, 2013
Schools suck town sucks been here n fl five months to long movin back to tn when school is out people r more friendly there the kids ant so rude and what's up with all these bus stops my nine year olds bus stop was almost a mile from the house who let's there young kids walk that far by there self most stupest thing I ever heard of hurry up may
Rob

North Port, FL

#214 Feb 1, 2013
What a bunch of whiny bitches! You dont like it here move to some shithole neighborhood in port charlotte or venice. North port is a great place to live. Good roads, close to shopping in any direction great neighborhoods. I moved here in 83 and it was such a small town with nothing here. Now its so nice and has grown over the last 30 years.
Its not conjested like sarasota and not low income housing like most of port charlotte. So if you dont like north port move somewhere else and complain about it there.
Loves North Port

North Port, FL

#215 Feb 2, 2013
gina wrote:
Schools suck town sucks been here n fl five months to long movin back to tn when school is out people r more friendly there the kids ant so rude and what's up with all these bus stops my nine year olds bus stop was almost a mile from the house who let's there young kids walk that far by there self most stupest thing I ever heard of hurry up may

Gina, from your spelling it might be a good idea for you to get on one of those school buses and take in a few classes.
Wyatt Fawley

North Port, FL

#216 Feb 7, 2013
I am a recent transplant to North Port and I think the town and area's great. No complaint on my end about the town.

Comming from PA I have noticed the snow bird Canadian residents get the most benefit from living in FL. Our Canadian neighbors own and live in North Port 184 days per year and skirt paying any Federal Taxes in the USA. I don't think that is fair. Our Canadian neighbors on the 183rd day head back to Canada intentionally to skirt paying US taxes. There's no fiscal year when the 184 days start and end. So, our Canadian neighbors stay in Canada for a couple of weeks then head back to North Port to reset the 184 day clock. Again, not fair IMO. Our Canadian neighbors get most of the benefits of the USA with out paying in to the system. All the programs that are Federally funded as Police, Fire, Rescue, Roads, Schools and so on are a free service to the Canadian resident. Again I don't think it's fair that we USA citizens who pay our share of Federal Taxes should foot the bill.

It would be great if our elected officials looked in to this unfair situation and taxed the Canadian neighbors and took some of the burdon off the USA tax payer.
Alla Barocco

North Port, FL

#217 Feb 7, 2013
I have lived here for 30 yrs and can say that this city is still missing a vast majority of things that make it an all in one town.
The police department has been in constant turmoil for more years then I have lived here. The current police admin is no exception. They have more officers that come under public scrutiny then any other PD in the area.
In the last year alone 10% of the department has been either suspended of fired.
The NPFD has no better record either.
It took all most fifteen years after I moved here in 1980 before the city would okey its first fast food restaurant (McDonalds). The main reason the city commis. gave over and over was they did not want a place for teens to congregate and cause trouble.
At any one time the waste managements fleet has at best lest then half it's fleet in working operation at any one time. The one man garbage pick-up vehicles are the biggest drain on the vehicle maintenance budget for the entire city.
Enough said, but much more can be added.
If for any other reason to look somewhere else then read this article that was written today in the Hearld.
http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20110120 ...
North Port at budget breaking point
2012: With reserves at a critical low, city will have to cut more or raise taxes
By John Davis
Published: Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 1:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 9:12 p.m.
( page of 2 )
NORTH PORT - Like a family that spent down its savings to make ends meet through the Great Recession, North Port is facing the fact that the city is going broke.
Even with seven-plus months remaining in the current budget year, city staffers are starting to make lists of possible spending reductions, including to personnel, employee wages and benefits. Pressure is mounting to raise taxes.
In a workshop Wednesday to prepare for the 2012 city budget, the City Commission acknowledged that years of spending down city reserves must come to an end, as North Port's general fund savings will have dwindled to less than $5 million by the end of the year. This is not enough liquidity for a city that spends $117 million annually.
"As we try to react and adapt to things in the budgetary year, how can we react to that if we've totally planned to use everything we've got?" asked Fire Chief Bill Taaffe.
North Port is using about $4 million from its reserves to balance the current budget, meaning that it likely faces a multimillion-dollar budget hole going into next year, even if property values stop declining.
Arguably the worst-hit city in the region as the recession subsides, North Port has lost more than half of its taxable value, some $3 billion in recent years, while holding the line on taxes and failing to significantly cut spending.
This has drained North Port's once-plentiful reserves of $27 million down to a projected $4.7 million.
"We've actually been told that we're wasting money and spending money left and right when in actuality we spent it to keep services the same as citizens wanted and to keep taxes the same as citizens wanted," said Commissioner Mike Treubert of spending trends that have threatened North Port's credit rating.
More than 40 percent of the city budget goes toward personnel costs, making layoffs likely if North Port is to bring spending and revenue in line and still not raise taxes.
"It will have to be cuts across all departments," said Commissioner Tom Jones of a worst-case-scenario next year, "including police, including fire."
North Port's 2012 budget year begins Oct. 1. Wednesday's City Commission workshop was the first step in formulating North Port's spending plans
Bye Bye

North Port, FL

#218 Feb 9, 2013
Rob wrote:
What a bunch of whiny bitches! You dont like it here move to some shithole neighborhood in port charlotte or venice. North port is a great place to live. Good roads, close to shopping in any direction great neighborhoods. I moved here in 83 and it was such a small town with nothing here. Now its so nice and has grown over the last 30 years.
Its not conjested like sarasota and not low income housing like most of port charlotte. So if you dont like north port move somewhere else and complain about it there.
When in the h*ll are you Re/Max *ssholes going to give up on the b*llsh*t add posting?

You can not make a silk purse out of a sow's ear!!!!!!!!

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