Viewers Voice: Controversial UEP approval gets reaction
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CREATED Aug. 22, 2013
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Worry hovers over the homes in the four square miles south of Pine Island Rd. in Cape Coral now that the utility expansion project is approved.
After decades of relying on well water, property owners in the southwest area are now forced to hook up to city water and sewer at a cost of about $15,000 up front or $24,000 over the course of 20 years of financing.
"It's not fair! How in the hell am I on a fixed income supposed to come up with $10,000!," said resident Edith Kelter.
Others are concerned about the long term future.
"When I die, my daughter and my grandchildren... what are they going to inherit? More debt, more bills. They don't need that."
Others think it's only fair. Susan taking to Facebook and said, "It's about time! They knew when they bought their houses that eventually it would come! Well, the time has come. Pay up like the others who have paid their assessments!"
Linda added, "Look at other areas in the country and the cost to live there, not to mention crime rates and congestion and weather. You may find things aren't as bad as you think."
Council members hope the UEP will lure more businesses and development with modern amenities but Crystal wrote on Facebook, "I foresee lots of unhappy homeowners due to these decisions."
The total cost of the project is expected to be $120,000,000.