Possible public service tax increase for Cape residents and business owners
Cape Council votes to approve a utility hikePhoto: Video by fox4now.com
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - One persons tax could cost anothers livelihood. Hundreds of fired up cape residents took the podium with major concerns about the proposed service tax increase.
The proposed tax would add a 10 percent increase to residents and business owners LCEC bill. Cape leaders say it averages each homeowner 150 dollars extra a year but Michael Bogliole says that's far from true. " I'm gonna pay a lot more for my electric bill I don't use what the average homeowner uses say that's totally outrageous." Bogliole said.
With the increase Council members want to help make up for a 20 million dollar shortfall in the city but Bogliole says that's not a taxpayer problem
" Whenever the city has a problem with money they always pull it out of our pockets somewhere and I think it's wrong."Bogliole said.
But city leaders said theyre running out of options. If taxes aren't raised deep cuts could come to city police fire and parks and recs departments.
Some residents say they don't mind paying a little extra for safety and city improvements
"Not all you're looking at probably 150 dollars a year and 12 dollars a month that's a small price to pay for our city to bring it back where it should be." One Cape resident sai.
The tax increase will go into effect for all Cape Coral LCEC customers on October 1st.