A city fence has residents in one Fort Worth neighborhood fuming. They say their tax dollars, meant to specifically address such issues, aren't being spent the way they're supposed to.
Christina Cater is so bugged with the City of Fort Worth that she took matters into her own hands.
“I was so angry I replaced my clear tarp with a very ugly tablecloth, and I thought that that would get someone's attention,” she said.
Arcadia Park sits right behind her home, and a 20-something year old rotting city fence separates the busy park from several dozen homes.
Tired of the leaning boards and gaping holes in the fence, she says she called the city last November for help.
“At first when I called, they said to fix it myself,” said Cater. “Then I found out when I started calling the right people, ‘Don't fix it. Don’t do anything to it. You're not allowed to because it's not your fence; it belongs to the city of Fort Worth.’”
Cater says she eventually was told to contact her representative from her public improvement district, or P.I.D., as it's called. P.I.D.s are designed to improve public right of ways, such as streets, sidewalks, lighting and landscaping.
“Part of our mortgage goes to paying those taxes every month, and that's supposed to help with fences and the different things to beautify the area,” said Cater.
She says city crews did go out and take measurements, but that was it. No repairs were ever made.
Then, one day in April, Cater says one of her dogs got out through one of the holes in the fence. She was so mad that she called FOX 4 for help.
Days after FOX 4’s call to the City of Fort Worth, crews were dispatched to Arcadia Park. Old boards were replaced and the fence was patched.
“It's very funny how it took me so long to be able to get anything done, and then you actually called and the next day, they were fixing the fence,” said Cater.
The city says it already has a bid to replace the entire fence -- 830 feet for $27,000. It will reportedly be a top priority for the next fiscal year, which begins in October.
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