To the editor:
This is a copy of a letter that I did to collect all the signatures possible and to raise our voices in protest of the abusive fire assessment recently imposed by the city of Cape Coral:
Dear Mr. Szerlag,
As residents of Cape Coral, we would like to raise our voices in protest of the abusive Fire Assessment recently imposed on us by your administration at the city of Cape Coral. We find this assessment to be insulting and neglectful and we want to let the authorities know our feelings about it. Many of us are elderly, working husbands and wives; widows and young families who have invested everything we brought from our countries because we understood this city was a good place to raise our children, find tranquility and a good quality of life, which we could not find elsewhere. A majority of us have many years of sacrifice and hard work invested here to be where we are, but we never thought that the cost of living of this city would become so abusive as to make us reconsider staying here.
Do you think it is possible to live with an income of $1,200 a month, more or less? When the cost of living keeps going up and on top of that the authorities continue with the inordinately demands that we pay so many assessments, fees, and taxes? However, we pride ourselves in saying that despite the financial difficulties we have been able, one way or another, to always pay our dues on time. Sir, Could you explain to us, why even the electricity bill has a tax from the city? There are more and more taxes and fees that we are paying, with the same income of 10 years ago. It is not fair to us, the ones who live paycheck by paycheck.
Could you explain to us how much is enough? The government is sacrificing the needy, the elderly, and low-income folks, to the point that we find it hard to buy food, medicines, take care of our children, and to get a better quality of life in the years that we have left in this world. We ask again, when is it going to be enough? When are the ongoing abuses and impositions from the administration, which you direct and/or represent going to STOP?
Do you understand that there are rich and wealthy people as well as poor and helpless in this city? The economy is a disaster; there is no suitable work for the elderly or the young kids; besides collecting shopping carts at Walmart or Publix or being a greeter. We do not have any help from any institutions. We feel that help should be available to those that find themselves in more precarious situations, but we would also want to make sure that we do not get to the point of soliciting help from the Federal Government to subsidize our salaries or pensions. The attached signatures and addresses sheet are from the residents of Cape Coral that oppose to pay any extra for unnecessary assessments fees. For the love of God have some mercy and stop the continued abuse.
We are expecting your prompt reply and attention to this matter.
The residents of Cape Coral