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Fire assessments

August 9, 2013
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor:

Today, I along with every property owner in Cape Coral received their letter signed by our new, unelected City Manager, John Szerlag. If you read through the entire narrative of BS, this is an unadulterated, in your face notice of a TAX INCREASE on top of taxes we've already paid. You can call it, as Mr. Szerlag does, "a supplemental dedicated funding source," (I love this one) "imposition of non-ad valorem assessments" or how about a good old legal threat "a blend of legally available revenues". Call it what you will, hell, call it the price of a pound of tea in China, it's still a tax increase. You can put lipstick on a pig and it's still a pig. All of this skullduggery comes directly on the heels of their 7 percent tax increase on our electric bills. What? Their reason for all of this highway robbery, is to ensure the proper fire protection of our property. I thought we were paying for that in the property tax check we sent to them every year? Do we really need another $6 million fire house? No. Read on in Mr. Szerlag's letter. This tax is for paving of new roads. Well, if it's for paving roads, why not say it in plain U.S. American. I'll tell you why. If it's a fire protection issue the public will go along with it, you know mother and apple pie stuff. We all love it. However, if it's to pave any road not in front of my house, forget it. It's the new "me-me-me" generation. Getting back to Mr. Szerlag's letter; he states that "Council reduced the rate from 10 percent to 7 percent. What a joke, there was no increase in the first place! He also states that the Council "promised" an increase of $150 per year to achieve their goals. I don't recall any candidate promising to raise my taxes. He goes on to gloat about "in keeping our word" in reference to the promised property tax reduction, which turns out to be a miserable $10 per year, which is the 1 mil tax reduction he seems to be so proud of. As far as I'm concerned, Mr. Szerlag, keep it, I'll just have to live with one less pizza next year.

If you're planning on attending the public hearing at 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 26, don't waste your time. Our city manager has already given us the answer to your questions, "When bond validation is completed later this year on the fire assessment, the City will send a bill to every property owner to collect the fire protection assessment". End of discussion, check mate.

After the dismemberment of the personal finances of the property owners in Sec 6 &7 over the UEP fiasco, does anyone really think that our City "leaders" give a damn about how their decisions will impact the lives of our citizens? Hell no! See you at the election box next election.

Finally, I have a question for those who sit in the big comfortable chairs behind the expensive desks we have provided for them, why don't we see a headline in the local newspapers that says, "City Council has decided to set up a committee, headed by the City Manage, to reduce waste, fraud, corruption and most of all, cut City spending of taxpayers money. I'd like to be chairman of that committee. I could come up with 10 cost savings items just by driving down the street.

In closing, I would like to ask our block headed Council members and Mr. Szerlag, where this money is suppose to come from? I have not come across any money trees which are native to our area.

Jim Healy

Cape Coral



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