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Nearly 468,000 passengers travel through RSW in July

August 19, 2013

During July, 467,946 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport, an increase of 0.7 percent compared to July 2012. Year-to-date, passenger traffic is up 5....

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Aug-20-13 10:43 AM

While it is an increase over last year it shows the amount still is not enogh to stem the deficit tide in budgets in the area.

That is why Lee County will reduce staff and services. However one particular municipality can not get the fact they need to follow that direction.

Yes you guessed it Cape Coral, Fl while the biggest in land mass and concentration of about 24% of the county's population can not figure how to tackle the problem. This $150 per home they keep shouting about. The 7% charge on my electric bill from last years nearly covers the figure. The Fire Assessment Tax they mailed an estimate is $200, not counting the city tax with a 7.13% increase in valuation will increase the city portion of their increased revenue. You can plainly see their figures as is mostly the case are BOGUS and the residents will pay way more than this elusive $150 per home, not counting the so called businesses in this city. There is talk of a court action and I would be inclined to INVEST

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Aug-20-13 11:02 AM

I can not wait until we get to a retiring chief of policeman writing his very own ordinance so he can collect almost 1/2 a million dollars and then NOT retire and continue to work in the position.

Take a look at the proposed police budget for 2014 and look at the salaries and other vague costs of a broke city.

One program should be if not eliminated needs to be reduced and it is only chicken feed to the bloated budget. Do The Right Thing Program. $72,000 a year or $6000 a month.

It evidently is going to pay wages for officers involved in the administration, man hours, and public relations for a broke city.

Turn this program over to one of the fraternal organizations in the city who will do it for FREE.

When your done looking at the police budget look at the proposed Fire Dept budget man hours and wages. Then contemplate 83% of the calls are medical emergencies. So give more to the EMT's and figure only 17% are for fire calls.

This is mismanaged money!

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Aug-20-13 9:32 PM

How are we coming on the $82,000 repayment by the police officers who deceived the city with false records for educational compensation. You remember the 10% increase in wages put into the city records by an unknown person.

You remember the city had to go to a third party who found for the city and against the police union and police benevolent assoc. But the police appealed the finding and went to arbitration. AND LOST TO THE CITY AGAIN. Where is the $82,000 was it paid back or still owed? Not a peep from the chief in what 2 years or more. Not a peep from the city Attorney. Not a peep from city council or the city manager. Maybe it is coming back to the taxpayer in 25 years like the pension money. The $125 million which the city does not receive until the latter part of the 25 years has past. This wreck of a shyster city manager will be long gone, so will the council and the majority of police, fire and city workers. My bet is there will be no savings! Just like everything

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