Area couple wants to know if proposed local tax could affect them
Fox 4 News Staff
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CREATED Apr. 15, 2013
MATLACHA ISLES, Fla. - For more than a decade, Eileen and John Feldmann have been tracking their tax dollars down to a Comcast bill.
"The destination of those funds is troublesome," commented John.
The Matlacha Isles couple is concerned the approximate $4 they pay in local taxes each month goes to Cape Coral instead of Lee County because most of the homes in their 33991 zip code lie in the Cape.
"I don't think it's right but I've been unable to change it," added John.
But according to Comcast, that is not accurate. A spokesman says the Feldmann's pay a local tax of 3.61 percent that goes to unincorporated Lee County.
Still, the Feldmann's are still worried that if the Cape council approves a ten percent public service tax, they'd be forced to pay it.
"We do not live in the city of Cape Coral," said John. "We have no voice in the city of Cape Coral," explained John. Eileen added, "Cause it's taxation without representation."
But Cape councilman Kevin McGrail says the couple, and others in their area, shouldn't be concerned.
"That will not happen," said McGrail. "If it does happen, it's incorrect."
But for those who live in the Cape, he says the tax is essential. Among the reasons, it would help buy equipment for the police and fire departments and fix ailing roadways.
"The city needs this because we have gone seven years without spending any money on these things and the city is literally crumbling around us now," explained McGrail.
A relief to the Feldmann's, who say regardless of council's decision, they'll be listening very closely.
"I will make a real issue should we be taxed by the city on the utilities tax," concluded John.
Council will vote on the public service tax on April 29. For the average Cape Coral home, that comes out to about $90 a year.