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More fees & taxes for residents, thanks to council & city manager

October 4, 2013

To the editor: Now we get to pay a 7 percent increase in our electric bills, we also get a raise in our tax bill, and a increase in the fire rate or assessment....

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terrygolf1313

Oct-16-13 5:34 PM

CapeCORALCuestions if anybody is a liar its you trying to tell anyone that the city has no unfunded liability to the unions,how many years have they made 8 to 11% and dont try to tell me in coming pensions will pay for retirees pensions you must live in the same puppet world as your union puppets do.your statement about moving if you dont like it reminds me of a child taking his ball and going home.

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Chettt

Oct-14-13 3:02 PM

Check your facts Mr. Spegele. Cape Firefighters have gone over 5 years without a pay raise. Only pay reductions. No COLA. No STEP raises. Nothing. Yet goods and services have increased, Health Care costs have increased. Believe me when I tell you, we are all in the same boat.

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CapeCoralCuestions

Oct-12-13 7:06 PM

@terrygolf: you are a liar! There IS no unfunded liability! The money from incoming members of the unions will pay for the retiring members. The union pensions are getting 8%- 11% interest (you should be so lucky). If the city didn't set aside the funds to keep up their bargain and their contracts, that is not the fault of unions. Blame the councils that lied to their citizens. But for cry sakez stop blaming the unions!

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Lolita

Oct-10-13 10:37 AM

Switch:

Attaboy Switch: Always attack about nothing and try to make it something. How about this...did you hear that theMayor signed a document which has the official stamp on it from the Clerk's office, which Leetz refused to sign. Now the Mayor stated at the Bond Validation that he did not sign it, but....look at his signature in On The Move and compare it. Same signature. Lying on a witness stand. Oh Oh

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lightswitch

Oct-09-13 7:18 PM

What happened Linda53...Lose your mind? I guess I should say your thought.

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linda53

Oct-09-13 8:22 AM

@ lightswitch..still trying to feed your BS ..You really need to get over yourself. Soon you will be remembering how you could have made the difference, instead of wallowing in the past of your little mind! November cant happen soon enough. A New Mayor and New Council to work with our Great City Manager..yeah..Life is looking Good

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linda53

Oct-09-13 8:18 AM

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1Edray

Oct-06-13 10:15 AM

lightswitch:I guess there was no money because of the 3% wage increases which would have been okay. However he and the Slick 6 council stuck in a 5% BONUS on top of the 3% wage increase.

Where did you come up with that one? There have been no raises since early 2008. General employee pay was cut 3% and 2% more put into the pension fund for a total of 10%. Contributing more into the pension I have no problem with. We did get a bonus this year, not a raise. It was calculated on base pay, no OT, and is a 1 time, non-recurring amount.

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CapeCoralCuestions

Oct-06-13 12:46 AM

@johngall: You are posting a rant from someone named M.Bargo,Jr.? embargo. Bwaahaahaahaa!

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johngalt

Oct-05-13 8:16 AM

Revenue diversification = adding another tax on real property owners. The wise men say we need to diversify our tax revenue stream away from property owners. So they add yet another assessment to real estate. Genuis!

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johngalt

Oct-05-13 8:03 AM

“The reason public union spending is out of control is that there are no economic constraints. They have monopoly power in their areas. Without competition there is no incentive to lower costs. And when they are allowed to contribute to the politicians who negotiate their contracts they are participating in an outrageously corrupt system that would not be tolerated in the private sector: there is no law prohibiting conflict of interest for unions working within the government.” M.Bargo, Jr.

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johngalt

Oct-05-13 8:03 AM

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CapeCoralCuestions

Oct-05-13 1:32 AM

To all the cheap, tightwad, lying fabricating members of Fab5 and their drinking partners----if you don't want a quality community--go over the bridge! If you are too set on leaving a big estate for your kids, don't feel you should have to pay the same taxes you did up north, or deserve a free ride---do the rest of us a favor and MOVE OUT! There are lovely trailer and mobile home parks in North Fort Myers and Lehigh! Of course their crime rates are through the roof, but hey--you don't want to have to pay for safety, right?

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histupid

Oct-04-13 7:51 PM

Nana, there is an increase in ad valorem taxes. They reduced the increase, not the tax. The rollback rate is still below the .25 decrease which means more out of your pocket. That is an increase.

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histupid

Oct-04-13 7:49 PM

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lightswitch

Oct-04-13 7:28 PM

Dsharrd the businesses pay Lee County Electric for their electric they use.

Watch what happens if the amount of tax is not great enough in revenue. The 7% will become 8%, the 8% will become 9% and the 9% will become 10% and that is the figure Mc Grail introduced when he first sponsored this bad legislation.

It needs to be noted the end run on the 7.70 millage rate leaving 2.3 points for them to add more tax is actually higher than 7.70.

The Fire Assessment while not changing the millage rate only shows further disregard to the State of Florida's laws on taxation.

Can't wait for the open end bond with a 3.75% increase every years to run 38% of the Fire Department.

Since the fire dept had always been run for 40 years with real estate taxes it show how mismanaged and poorly legislated tyhis city of Cape Coral really is.

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lightswitch

Oct-04-13 7:09 PM

One of the last things done by the formers city manager Gary King and the FAB 5 council was to allocate $6.5 million for road resurfacing in district 6.

They also put in place a $6.5 million program to be figured into budgets every year to finish the 40 years of neglect on those roads.

Why was the amount left out in city manager Szerlags initial budget?

I guess there was no money because of the 3% wage increases which would have been okay. However he and the Slick 6 council stuck in a 5% BONUS on top of the 3% wage increase.

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terrygolf1313

Oct-04-13 5:46 PM

THIS CITY NEEDS TO BECOME THE NEXT DETROIT SO THAT SOME OF OUR FINE CITY OFFICIALS CAN COME BACK TO THE REAL WORLD AND JUST NOT TAX AND SPEND LIKE THESE PUPPETS DO.BUT SEEING AS WE HAVE ALL OF THESE SMART PEOPLE THAT POST HERE,TELL ME WHAT OUR UNFUNDED LIABILITIES TO OUR SO CALLED PUBLIC SERVANTS IS??? BET NOBODY WILL GIVE AN ANSWER FOR FEAR WE LEARN THE TRUTH.

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grumpy19

Oct-04-13 4:45 PM

Nana: I agree that there is a .25 mil drop in the taxable Mil rate. There is a caveat to that though. Assessed property values have gone up, which equates to higher taxes. numbnutz:There was no money when things were stopped by the previous council. Think about it. The housing market tanked, thus lower tax revenue. Would you have rather gone further into debt to get some things done? I sure wouldn't. We have enough debt to cover. The council prior to the last one is to blame. They are the ones that dedicated the gas tax for a 20 year bond on the Del Prado extension.

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NanaII

Oct-04-13 4:35 PM

There is no increase in ad valorum taxes! there IS a decrease. Stop listening to the RAG's if you want to hear facts.

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PenGuy

Oct-04-13 4:08 PM

Remember that the Mayor has always voted against taxes, but people blame him because they never check to see who votes for what. Voters need to be smart voters & by that I mean to always follow how ALL of those in any elected office vote on issues.

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Dsharrd

Oct-04-13 2:23 PM

As a user of electric service I can only say that I have used every efficiency as possible to keep my bill lower. Maybe businesses should be doing the same. And if I go to a business that uses this as a reason for raising prices, I will ask what else they have done to cut the cost of electricity and if not satisfied with the answer will let them know I won't be back.

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Lolita

Oct-04-13 1:45 PM

The City Manager did not "give the Police Chief a pension". The pensions are negotiated and paid into partly over the years. The property tax increase is coming from the County, which it always has.

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numbnutz

Oct-04-13 9:50 AM

We would not have had a 7 percent increase if the prior council did the right thing in the first place. Now we have to pay the piper for their incompetence.

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