Taxpayers help pay for front porch

Taxpayers help pay for front porch

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LONGWOOD, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Longwood taxpayers will chip in $2,500 to help a homeowner build a new front porch. The property is on West Warren Avenue in downtown Longwood, part of it's Historic District. The money taxpayers are spending represents about half the cost of the improvement. We asked Christopher whether or not this was a good way to spend his money?

"It's wasted. I think it's a waste of time too. I work hard for my money and that porch looks brand new, so it's a waste."

The porch was closed in and in shoddy condition before the repairs. Next door, neighbor Frank Ramsuer showed us his view of the home, and was glad he and other Longwood taxpayers helped with renovations.

"When we get some business going in there, it will stimulate the economy by several hundred thousand. So that $2,500 in seed money was a heck of a good deal."

The owner of the property told us he isn't sure what he will do with the property just yet. He would only say that he's poured thousands of dollars into renovating the historic home. That owner has a law office on the property right behind the home.

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