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Chicken Little speaks again?

May 3, 2013
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor:

Cape Coral, the city of "Doom and Gloom"?? Really? The sky is falling!! The sky is falling!! Do we really need this excessive, exaggerated advertisement from a Cape Coral Councilman? You think?

What happened to his positive attitude? Left the building? Hello? According to the Councilman from District 6, the other five who comprise the council majority, plus the new city manager, the city of Cape Coral needs an extra $20 million to survive. Say what? What a "scare tactic"!! According to the above-mentioned experts, a 10 percent public service tax must be levied against us poor residents, plus a fire service assessment fee, to recover 60 percent of the cost for fire services. Once these two tax proposals are determined, the council will "look at" reducing the property tax rate by 12.5 percent or 1 mil. Yes, "look at"!!

Do you really think they will reduce anything??? Hello?? I'm not living on "Fantasy Island"!! Are you??

Once they have snitched $150 from you, you will never see it again. Once the housing business turns around, more money will be generated and our taxes will go up each and every year! What a rip?!

When I was on the City Council, representing District 5, I reminded myself continuously; "do we really really need this, or do we just want it." I'm talking about the $13 million that the latest "interim" city manager, with help from Districts 1,2,3,5,6 and 7 found hidden under the "storm, sewer, and water." The "present majority Council" bought 652 acres of property to be foreclosed, for $13 million.

A deal? You think? Especially when they don't really know what to do with the land. About three years ago, another "interim City Manager" found $5 million. Remember the fantastic swim center?? He almost robbed Peter to pay Paul! Boy, am I glad the "fantastic five" did their homework and sent the Texas boys packing. You know the rest of the story!! How can the city survive? How will it come to a solution? Since the city's financial expert is still employed by the city, how about finding another $13 million? Plus the $5 million the interim city manager had found for the swim center? A total of 18 million!!

The city needs $20 million, or it will implode, correct? $20 million minus $18 million, equals $2 million.

$2 million divided by the six majority council persons and the past interim city manager, equals $285,714.28

Pay up!! Hello? "In this country, you can do whatever you want to do, as long as you're willing to pay the consequences." Get your checkbooks out!! Do the right and honorable thing!!

Erick Kuehn

Cape Coral



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