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Cape city manager recommends property tax rate reduction

Does not recommend rollback rate

July 21, 2017

Cape Coral City Manager John Szerlag has released his FY 2018 – FY 2020 Proposed Rolling Budget, which includes a recommendation to reduce the FY 2017 millage rate by 0.25 mils....

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Jul-31-17 1:32 PM

Szerlag must go, the man is totally incompetent and does nothing but waste our tax $$$$, he's just trying to buy his job with this do not let that individual fool you. fire him just like all the incumbents. THROW THEM OUT THROW THEM ALL OUT

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Jul-24-17 9:47 PM

How about stop the hiring of consultants for every little thing. We are paying a City Manager, and he has a full-time assistant, not to mention all the other staff members. This CM loves to hire consultants. Can he NOT make a decision using the employees he already has on staff???? We need to stop wasting money, not stop paving jobs. Take LCEC for example. All that bickering cost us hundreds of thousands of dollars and for what???? Wasted money!!!

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Jul-24-17 4:18 PM

Easy math...Immediately eliminate any paving or median projects in the SW and NW portions of the Cape. Reduce paving projects by $1m, and eliminate all median and alleyway maintenance projects. That amounts to the revenue increase generated by not using the rollback rate. So you get to save less than $3.00 a month and drive on crappy streets with weedy medians and complain how badly the place looks. Yup, true Cape Coralites at work. Got any other cuts you'd rather make? Eliminate street lights, sure, as long as yours stay on I assume? I want to see cuts identified by candidates not just brush strokes complaining about taxes.

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Jul-23-17 7:28 AM

The CM needs to be given his walking papers!!!!

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Jul-22-17 2:48 PM

What's the latest on that lovely development called Tranquility Lakes? I heard that the City is negotiating with Charlotte County so that a pipeline for water can be acquired.

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Jul-22-17 2:43 PM

A small business opened up on Del Prado. This is what in my opinion is also not a favorable entity for the image of our City. It consists of semi-risqué women's lingerie. The business name alone along with the vehicle for advertising facing Del Prado is sleazy. Again, just my opinion to allow this type of business facing a main thoroughfare.

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Jul-22-17 10:32 AM

And, NO for 4 A.M. BAR CLOSINGS!!!!!!

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Jul-22-17 9:26 AM

NO, growth is NOT dead. However, someone with a brain needs to oversee what entities could/should be permitted in our city. YES, certain entities, such as "POT SHOPS" & "Strip Joints" are considered by some as "commercial expansion", however, with that comes crime & violence. Do we really want Cape Coral to turn into an unsafe city with drug addicts on every corner & people begging for change at every traffic light???? Wake-up people. A little common sense PLEASE!

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Jul-22-17 8:51 AM

So the concensus is that growth is dead, and it's time to stagnate? Shortsightedness is the realm of the small minded. Playing politics to gain votes at the expense of the City is stupid.

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Jul-22-17 8:27 AM

So this means we are paying less total taxes than 5 years ago, NOT. interestingly a referendum was removed from the ballot that would have raised the milliage rate another .7 resulting in millions paid by us over the next 6/8 years.

What has been done with Commercial/Industrial expansion to get the burden of residents paying 90% of all tax revenue. However, I haven yet heard any of those running for office address this, except one council candidate who said POT SHOPS are commercial expansion, REALLY

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Jul-22-17 7:54 AM

yea. after creating new assessments for fire, tax on the electric bill and many other increases in taxes he's gonna give back $20.00 Wow

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Jul-21-17 7:03 PM

The City Manager is requesting to raise taxes not lower them.

This new rate is above the rollback rate and staff is requesting a change in the collection of FSA.

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Jul-21-17 6:59 PM

This CM is out of his mind!!!!!!!!!!

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Jul-21-17 6:43 PM

Is this supposed to mean anything!!!! The City is recommending a property tax rate cut, yet they are hitting us with more assessments. QUOTE "Staff recommends an increase of 8.26 percent for the fire protection assessment rate for next year while the stormwater assessment rate is proposed for $111, or a jump of $24 over last year." - Such a bargain!!!!

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