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Taking citizens' money without asking

April 23, 2014
Pine Island Eagle

To the editor:

It's just not right for the Lee County government to take citizens' money without asking, or at least give them a choice in the matter.

LCEC recently announced that Lee County is "collecting additional operational funds through LCEC." The commissioners decided to impose a "franchise fee" on certain LCEC customers in unincorporated areas as of April 1, 2014. One place is Pine Island where I live. This practice should be against the law without the customer's permission.

I need money, too. Perhaps I should impose a "need fee" on the commissioners of the Lee County government. If it's OK for them to take my money, what objection should they have for me to take theirs?

I strongly object, and demand that this fee be removed.

Jean Walsh




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