Millage increase talk upsets one Naples neighborhood

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Millage increase talk upsets one Naples neighborhood

By Julie Salomone. CREATED Dec 5, 2012 - UPDATED: Dec 6, 2012

NAPLES, Fla.- Should homeowners foot the bill so their neighborhood can get a face lift? 

That's the question going before Naples City Council on Wednesday. 

Homeowners packed City Hall in the morning to learn more about a possible millage rate increase and in return their neighborhood, Park Shore, would get a new look. Changes would include new signs and landscaping. For example, the new Park Shore entrance would have new landscaping and an improve road.   

Wafaa Assad has lived in Park Shore since 1973. He hopes council doesn't make any quick decisions. 
 
" I feel council should wait until you hear from us after we are informed," said Assad. 
 
So how much would homeowners have to pay? 
You're looking at anywhere between $100 to $400 depending on your home's value. 
The more expensive your home, the more you would pay. For example, a home valued at $500,000 and a .21 millage means a homeowner would pay $105 dollars. 
 
Some residents say those living on Gulf Shore Blvd. are against any increase. 
 
"I think the reaction has been negative and some of the owners in our building don't view extra taxes with any favor in particular at this time," said Swing Sutherland, resident.