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Port Richey City Manager Vincent Lupo, foreground center, was at the Pasco County Legislative Delegation meeting at Pasco-Hernando State College but was not on the list of people wanting to speak on the bill from state Rep. Amber Mariano that would dissolve the Port Richey city charter. The state lawmakers decided to delay sending the bill to the Legislature pending the outcome of an audit of the city.

NEW PORT RICHEY -- The Pasco County Legislative Delegation has just voted to table the bill by state Rep. Amber Mariano to disincorporate the city of Port Richey pending a state performance audit of the city.

The lawmakers had been discussing sending the bill by Mariano, R-New Port Richey, to the Legislature for consideration, but with a provision that city residents would be able to vote on the city's fate in a referendum.

Over the years, city residents have rejected suggestions that Port Richey become a part of unincorporated Pasco County or merge with the neighboring city of New Port Richey.

New Port Richey Mayor Rob Marlowe was at Friday's legislative delegation meeting at Pasco-Hernando State College West Campus and said his city has no designs on Port Richey.