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Fire services assessment and public service tax

April 6, 2013

To the editor: Having watched the Council special meeting on Wednesday, I am baffled....

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1sandy

Apr-06-13 5:21 AM

Obviously you do not go to or watch Council meetings, IMHO. The questions that you ask, I have heard answered. Watching the meetings on TV, I don't even need to leave the comfort of my home. So, IMHO, if you aren't watching the Council meetings, do, if you are, pay attention.

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JustanotherBill

Apr-06-13 5:32 AM

This council is proving to be very reckless. 1. the desire to raise taxes during a time when the citizens in general are already in their own budget crunch. 2. the desire to push an extremely overpriced water and sewer project down the throats of the citizens when many can not afford it. 3. unwilling to operate with the tax revenue in place considering it is an ample amount to run a city.

I plan to sell my current house, not entirely for the reasons listed but it is not likely I will purchase my next home in the Cape due to the reasons I listed.

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onlythetruth

Apr-06-13 7:24 AM

It would seem that the city is attempting to "Maintain" a viable, workable water meter for each home by staying ahead of the curve. If they waited for each meter to fall into disrepair before servicing it we would then be faced with the very same situation we are in regarding our roads. Facing an almost insurmountable task of bringing everything back into a state of acceptable condition while having to come up with funds to do it.

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Raydunavant

Apr-06-13 8:11 AM

Just catching up, are you Bruce?

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lightswitch

Apr-06-13 1:39 PM

I wonder if Stockton< California had a utility tax. I got a copy of WHY Stockton, California is in bankruptcy. The report was compiled by a professional think tank in California. I have not carefully read their findings but in perusing it quickly saw many similarities. Just a note that Disney which is in Florida, California and internationally doing business is reducing its workforce. Now class. Put up your hand if you think their is going to be a shortage of expendable income in the near future? Now someone bring in the clairvoyant so our decision makers can see beyond their noses. the politics is out and pure economics is in. The pie is only so big!

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CapeCoralCuestions

Apr-06-13 2:29 PM

Another Lightswitch rant. We are not Stockton CA. ‘California’ and ‘think tank’ is an oxymoron! The report you ‘didn’t read’ but ‘found similarities’: What, Cape and Stockton are both in America? Let’s talk about economics. Which costs more: keeping your property/assets maintained or waiting until it is critically in need of repair and starting over? Do you factor in yearly maintenance or let your equipment rust? Disposable income? Disposable income is used for frivolous things not necessities. Rational people spend their money on important things first. Maybe Disney has out-priced itself in today’s market. Maybe that business should trim its profit margin. Should they follow Cape’s lead and let their parks go to trash, weed, and blight? Or make changes to ride out the storm while maintaining their properties? Cape Coral government is NOT A BUSINESS. It is a not for profit service provider. A concept La King could not grasp.

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netransplant

Apr-06-13 6:29 PM

Bruce, if you had been paying attention you would have heard them say clearly that part of the land would be used for storm retention and part of it could be used for lift stations. And if not then it could be swapped for those uses. More than 90% of the money couldn't be used for anything but those programs. Have you asked what the reason is why are they changing the meters or is this just your wild a** guess? Commenting without knowing removes all doubt as well.

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netransplant

Apr-06-13 9:06 PM

Lightswitch has always ignored fact to*****up to the Sullivan camp. Justanotherbill won't be missed.

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grumpy19

Apr-06-13 10:18 PM

netransplant: I did hear it said that the land that was purchased would be used for water retention lakes and lift stations. This was, I believe, after the purchases were made. Also, some of the parcels are outside of the city limit in Matlacha. Someone wanted to buy those parcels and were turned down. They would have paid 500K for them. Why and who stopped the sale? I asked the crew that was replacing the meters. They told me they were outdated and worked in my favor and not the city's as far as meter readings. If that were the case, why were they not replaced long before this. Why do it now when the city is looking to get more money from the citizenry.

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onlythetruth

Apr-07-13 7:40 AM

The parcels outside of the city limits were included within the inventory of the land up for bid, that is how the city got them. These properties outside city limits are worth far in excess of the monies offered in order to purchase the lots. They are waterfront, (saltwater), direct access, deepwater.

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JJSully

Apr-07-13 9:06 AM

I also feel that the council is rushing into this too fast. They need to slow down and investigate all possible avenues of diversification.

This is a good idea, but the city workers and the unions who bought and paid for the slick six is not will to wait. Mo money, Mo money , Mo money. Seems we need a new city manager.

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JJSully

Apr-07-13 9:10 AM

Does it really take a three-man crew to replace water meters? It always takes 3, one is there just to be a look out for the shovel leaners and truck sleepers. I am sure they are paying them overtime also. It is only your tax dollars, why do you care. Replace the City Manager with someone who can manage in a down economy. Maybe Troy Michigan likes taxes, not here.

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netransplant

Apr-07-13 9:19 PM

JJ, your blame the city worker rant is old and tired, like you. Slow down and wait got us to where we are now, failing roads and broken equipment. The CM is telling the truth while the mayor is still got his head in the dark. Sullivan's plan is to do nothing so he won't be blamed, just what he was told by Mr. Cummings last Wednesday. Blaming others is easy but doing what needs to be done takes leadership and courage, just what you and the mayor lack.

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netransplant

Apr-07-13 9:23 PM

Grumpy, they have been replacing meters for a long time now so please do your homework before speaking. And for your education the additional taxes are needed for roads and equipment and can't be used for water/sewer work. Now you have learned something!

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Lolita

Apr-07-13 11:25 PM

"JJ Sully" Council is "rushing" and should investigate further? Sounds familiar, doesn't it. I'll Vote no because we can find a better way, but the better way never has a plan. Just wait, wait wait.

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Lolita

Apr-07-13 11:26 PM

JJ Sully

Suggestion. Ride with the three man crew for a day. See what they do or don't do, then speak.

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YouRjokingright

Apr-08-13 10:13 AM

What I'm seeing here is a bunch of butt kissing union thugs sticking up for the fab 5 so they can all line their pockets!! I'm doing some investigating on all the council members and their business dealing to see if any of them are involved in any shady deals and man are you gonna be surprised with the outcome! I will reveal my findings at tonight's meeting

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Raydunavant

Apr-08-13 12:17 PM

Justanotherbill, Or should we say Justanotherjanet?

You will not be missed one bit. Post your moving date here, and you will have a huge crowd helping you pack!

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certainsmile

Apr-08-13 10:15 PM

At tonighT's council meeting McGrail stated that staff has discovered that the 10%tax on electric bills will bring in WAY OVER the $150 per household. He said that staff will need to better vet the percentage charged. Looks like it was hurry up, rush this through without finding out the median electric bills in this city.

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lightswitch

Apr-11-13 12:00 AM

Just announced tonight Lee County, entire Southwest Fl, actually the entire state had a banner year. You would think Cape Coral, Fl would have more revenue in its various line items of tax dollars from tolls, tickets, water & sewer receipts, etc., etc. However they do not. So what does that tell us? It clearly proves that this council voting primarily 6-2 overspent did not live within last years means. Nor did they even with additional revenues come close to this years. Do you think the same Parks & Recreation they want to cut took in morre money? The city cut back on the CRA but still not enough. Folks what you have is a failed city. You have no over site from many of the directors, still. Now even with a poor deal on tolls they received MORE. Now coming up will be an increase on home value and MORE tax, along with a new tax on electricity. How are those franchise fees working out? Why more than last year! Time to call in the state 850-488-7864 Office of citizen service/st

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FafcoSolar

Apr-22-13 4:42 PM

Let me first say that for the sake of utility customers, I hope this tax does not get passed. There is a solution however... stop buying utility electricity. Produce your own solar energy and avoid ALL taxes on electricity consumption, not just the proposed Public Service Tax! A grid-interactive solar energy system reduces or eliminates your net billable energy consumption, and therefore reduces or eliminates taxes on that consumption. It's also a great hedge against rising inflation and energy costs. More about the Public Service Tax here:

SolarSouthwestFlorida(dot)com

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JJSully

Apr-26-13 8:31 AM

Lolita Spoken like a true city worker with her nose pressed firmly and lovenly in the public trough. Just waiting for that monthly kiss in the mail. I have seen the 3 men teams, it is just as I described it. Sorry you cannot see what is going on but the trough sides are too high.

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JJSully

Apr-26-13 8:35 AM

If any of you are expecting anything but lies and half truths from the Slick SIx and there gnome of a city manager then you are foolish. This has been the agenda from the begining. Most wate of tax dollars. Any increase goes straight to the city workers pockets, also to cover extravagant pensions.

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