Cape council to decide public service tax on Monday
Fox 4 News Staff
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CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Cape resident Larry St. Amand is on a mission. He made a rotating sign and even outfitted his truck protesting a proposed 10 percent public service tax.
"Not only am i hoping to change the vote at the very least trying to get something for the small business," said St. Amand, 52, who's lived in Cape Coral for 23 years.
St. Amand owns three area auto businesses. If the measure passes, he'd pay more for electricity, which he says he pays enough for already.
But some city leaders say the tax revenue would help fill a $20 million shortfall and prevent a financial crisis.
"It evens out the revenue stream and it hopefully steadies the ship for the next time this happens," said Rana Erbrick, a council member.
But other members refuse to support it.
"You can't keep on hammering these people with new taxes in this kind of economy," said John Sullivan, the mayor of the city.
For now, St. Amand is packing his truck but he'll be back.
"I'm hoping we pack the house tomorrow night on Monday," said St. Amand. "And I hope a lot of people get up and have some really good reasons of why they don't think we should have an extra tax."
The council meeting starts at 4:30 p.m. on Monday.