PARRISH -- Shocked Copperstone residents packed their clubhouse Thursday where Community Development District supervisors imposed an $80,000 increase in fees for 2013-14.
Nearly all 35 people present said they knew little about the CDD.
On Oct. 1, the 754-resident community will elect its first two resident CDD representatives. All supervisors are now appointed by developer, Ryland Homes.
The budget reflects a 17 percent increase to a 2014 budget of just under $300,000. Last year it required only about $220,000 from homeowners, thanks to about $27,000 in developer contributions from Ryland Homes.
Another change was a jump in landscape costs from almost $73,000 to nearly $130,000.
Homeowners in Copperstone will pay as much as $238 more per year in fees. Those owning smaller lots will pay about $17 a month more, while townhomes will pay about $6 a month more.
In a CDD, as a buildersells more homes in a development, the financial responsibility for infrastructure maintenance shifts from
developer to homeowners.
"That developer contribution goes away. Now we know what the true costs are of everything coming online," said Eric Dailey, who works for Rizzetta & Co., a consulting firm for real estate developers.
"Everybody's going topay their proportionate share."
"This is the first CDD increase for Copperstone since its start in 2008," said homeowner Dave Beshore, who bought a home in Copperstone in February 2012 after retiring from the aerospace industry.
Beshore was upset about the CDD meeting schedule.
"It is very controversial and disgusting how they are handling our CDD and Homeowners' Association meetings, held in the daytime when most working homeowners can't attend," Beshore said.
Before the board voted unanimously to continue daytime meetings, Supervisor Bob Gibbons, vice president of construction for Ryland Homes' Tampa Division, said he had not previously seen enough interest from homeowners to merit paying the board's attorney and engineer what it would cost to attend night meetings.
Dee Graham, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-748-0411, ext. 7024, or tweet @DeeGrahamBH.