Free mulch is available to all Port Richey residents. No equipment or staff will be available for loading. Resident must bring own containers or truck to remove the mulch. The mulch will be available at the Port Richey Fire Station at 7824 Grand Blvd. Please take as much as you want.
Abandoned & Foreclosed Residential Properties
On February 9, 2010 the City Council enacted, pursuant to the home rule powers of the City of Port Richey, an Ordinance to regulate the maintenance of abandoned and foreclosed residential properties. Many of these homes are frequently vacant prior to the conclusion of the foreclosure process and these homes sit vacant for months or years at a time awaiting foreclosure sale; often creating an unattractive public nuisance. The existence of unsafe dwellings and other structures on improved property and the creation of pools, ponds, other bodies of water, or conditions which endanger the public health, welfare, property value, or safety of the community, has become an ever increasing menace in the city and constitutes a nuisance.
The City is facing challenges with funding and recovery of costs through the lien process for property maintenance. Many vacant and abandoned properties are the responsibility of out-of-state lenders and trustees who fail to adequately secure and maintain such properties.
A new section of the City Code has been created to require the registration of residential properties that are subject to foreclosure actions or proceedings. These properties will be subject to proper maintenance and inspections on a monthly basis for the duration of the vacancy. These properties will also be required to have an emergency contact name and phone number posted on the front of the home.
Click here for more information including registration form and to see the full ordinance.
Operating since 1959, the Water & Sewer Department is dedicated to providing the highest quality and most economical service possible, and doing it in a way that protects our natural resources. To accomplish this task, the utility has a water plant capable of processing 2.0 million gallons of water each day, seven wells, 45 miles of water lines, 27 miles of sewer gravity and force mains with 47 major lift stations and 7 minor lift stations.
Trouble calls are handled by our Utility Department at 816-1900 Option 2, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. with the drive-through always available. After hours or weekend calls should be made to the Police Dispatcher at (727) 816-1919.
The Utility Billing Office offers the ability for customers to have ACH payments automatically withdrawn from their bank account. The guidelines for this service are as follows:
Utility Bills are sent out by the 15th of each month.
- Please keep in mind that your checking account will be automatically debited each month regardless of the bill amount, which vary month to month based on usage. Any possible leak/pool adjustments made to your account will be a credit on your account.
- On the 24th of each month, or the next business day, your bank account will be debited for the amount shown on your bill.
- Any changes to your banking account will require completion of a new authorization form.
- Any account that does not have sufficient funds available will be charged a Non Sufficient Fund (NSF) fee of $30 plus any additional bank fees.
All after-hour or weekend emergency calls are handled by our on-call personnel and followed up by our Utility/Public Works Foreman.
Your feedback on these trouble calls are essential to us as we strive to provide the best service possible.