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Out sourcing tax collection

April 19, 2013

To the editor: Once again the Cape Coral City Council has developed a new scheme to get their greedy fingers into the pockets of city residents....

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Apr-19-13 4:50 PM

Those owners of vacant lots, they are always using City services, like calling the Police using our schools, libraries, parks and roads. I see them all the time out there on their vacant lots. Bawhahahahaha! What a fool.

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Apr-19-13 7:47 PM

While the Service Tax will not be paid by empty lot owners, it will include renters who pay far fewer taxes to the city than the empty lot owners and use many times more services while giving our over-taxed seasonal residents a slight break. The Fire Service Tax would include lot owners. LCEC collects taxes for all its other cities, why not the cape? The politicos don’t get the money, Doug, the folks in the cape do—to pay their bills.

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Apr-20-13 10:28 AM

CapeCoralCuestions: Renters pay the same taxes as everyone else through their rent. There isn't a property owner anywhere that rents their property who doesn't pass along their taxes. Seasonal residents are over taxed? I don't see how you figure that. They own property in different states and should pay the same taxes in the states where they own property. As for LCEC collecting the utility tax. They are not a tax collection agency and it will cost them (and those that pay LCEC) a lot of money to change their billing program. LCEC is already fighting this and I agree. Electric bills will go up if they have to do this new programming.

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Apr-20-13 12:27 PM

Do't you just love the Conservatives ion the commission they all ran on lowering TAXES what a bunch of Conservative LIARS TAX<TAX<TAX lets fire all of them.

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Apr-20-13 10:32 PM

Doug, the fact is the current council (at least 6) not only has the intelligence but the cajoles to pass these diversification measures. And the best part is you and other nitwits like the Lovejoy clown will pay them, like it or not. We can't expect every sheep in the group to get it, but they still must follow the leaders or or become someone's next meal.

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Apr-20-13 10:38 PM

"What new Lee County resident would rush to live in the only area of Lee County subject to this fee/tax?"

Just to make sure we are dealing with accurate facts, residents of Ft. Myers also pay this Public Service Tax through FPL.

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Apr-22-13 4:39 PM

Let me first say that for the sake of utility customers, I hope this tax does not get passed. There is a solution however... stop buying utility electricity. Produce your own solar energy and avoid ALL taxes on electricity consumption, not just the proposed Public Service Tax! A grid-interactive solar energy system reduces or eliminates your net billable energy consumption, and therefore reduces or eliminates taxes on that consumption. It's also a great hedge against rising inflation and energy costs. More about the Public Service Tax here: ***********solarsouthwestflorida****/avoid-cape-corals-public-service-tax-with-solar-electricity/

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Apr-22-13 4:39 PM

The link was stripped out, but it's at SolarSouthwestFlorida(dot)com.

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Apr-22-13 11:41 PM

Electric utility tax

Stated tonight 4/22/2013 Renters will pay a smaller percentage.

Undeveloped lot owners will pay zero.

Those who have a home and live here all year get to pay the highest rate.

The part time residents they are to pay less simply because they are not here. Then why is the water & sewer set up the same way.

Here is why this council at least most of it is not consistent. But then most of us knew it when they were seated.

What ever is put into law can be rescinded along with unseating those who pushed this.

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Apr-23-13 12:08 AM

Kristen it seems Google can not find another Lee County city being charged a utility tax.

Please list the cities in Lee County.

I will tell you this there is a hugeeee piece of property that is called the Babcock Ranches that will rival the city of Cape Coral for homes and low taxes. Imagine trying to sell your home when that property can support 29,000 homes. I bet when they get started their will not be the costs for water & sewer, utility tax, administration fees for capital projects, etc. Lee County will provide the services. Now if we can believe the last census Cape Coral has 80,000 homes/condos. So the residents here will be fighting them for new homes or resales for more than most people's lifetime. Let's see to build our 80,000 plus homes it only took 52 years and 40 were when the Cape was a city.

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Apr-23-13 7:28 AM

@dimlightswitch: And then there is global warming to consider and the theory that the polar ice caps will melt and soon the water level will be covering everything up to and including Orlando, Fl.? LOL!

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