Like a set of dominoes ready to fall, messy yards in your neighborhood could soon get resolved, one by one. A robust budget in Pasco means the days of rotting pumpkins and paper trash will soon be a thing of the past. Pasco hasn't been able to write tickets for these issues in recent years because it hasn't had enough officers to do it.
For the first time in years, four code enforcement officers will be patrolling Pasco's neighborhoods, making Diego Enriquez's stroll with his daughter better as a whole.
"I just want her to grow up healthy and happy and live in a clean environment where everything is good," Enriquez says.
City hall agrees. As part of Pasco's $133 million budget, a code enforcement position would be reinstated all in an effort to tackle some of the city's most-visible problems like tall weeds.
Residential complaints made the whole thing possible. Ever since a code officer was cut from the budget in 2008, the number of code-related complaints jumped by a third.
"The only thing to do is to hire that forth officer. Otherwise we're not going to make much difference," says Gary Crutchfield, Pasco City Manager.
Better neighborhoods is one thing, but it doesn't end there. Cleaner yards mean property values could rise.
"As property values go down, tax rates go up, so it's in everybody's interest to keep property values up," Crutchfield tells KEPR.
City council is expected to finalize the budget in a couple weeks, which could mean an upgrade for your neighborhood and save you money in the long run.