To the editor:
The city council decided to move ahead with the Public Service Tax on Monday, April 29. I did not support it and voted against it for various reasons. Including the fact that many families are so stressed economically that they cannot even put the proper amount of food on the table. It was the usual 6 to 2 votes. Councilman Chulakes-Leetz and I voted against it.
One in 6 Americans goes to bed hungry every night. In the State of Florida the number is even worse and I suspect that in Cape Coral we have a bigger problem than in the nation or in Florida. I attended the Hunger Banquet at Challenger Middle School and CCMI, Harry Chapin Food Bank, Cape Coral Caring Center, United Way, Goodwill and other charitable organizations were represented. I only wish that the people who voted to implement the new Public Service Tax were present but they were not. One comment that was quite troubling was related to The Back Pack Program. This is a program where school children are sent home from school with food for the weekend. It was stated that in many instances the food was shared with other family members because the family did not have enough food.
Many statements were made including the fact that contributions of nonperishable goods and cash were welcome. It is absolutely imperative that we support these organizations in order to feed the great number of needy in our community. So please if you can find it in your hearts support these organizations and the churches that have programs to help feed the needy.
You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out what this new tax on the electric bills will do to the needy. I hope that with this new revenue we don't see the kind of waste that we have seen in the past. Any time I feel that money is being wasted or not being spent in the best interests of our taxpayers I will vote "NO."
John J. Sullivan
Mayor of Cape Coral
Running for re election