To the editor:
I am voting no to the proposed increase and these are my personal reasons:
1. The news release by Mr. Marzella was very misleading; stating we have not had a tax increase since 2000.
2. The Fire Board is attempting to slide this past the public by having the vote in an August primary when very few vote and the majority of those residences affected are up north.
These are the facts as I see them:
1. I moved to Matlacha in October of 2001 and have experienced 3 of the 4 tax increases since 2000.
2. My fire tax in 2001 was 12 percent of my total tax. In 2013 it was 21 percent of my total tax.
3. My total tax bill has decreased in the past 12 years. Therefore other county services must be doing without.
4. My Lee County general revenue taxes have decreased over this same period. I assume this includes our police protection.
5. When the Fire Board had adequate revenues they built a multi-million dollar station in Bokeelia to house two men and minimal equipment.
These are my suggestions to the Fire Board:
1. We have absolutely minimal fire calls and should move toward a medical oriented service.
2. Matlacha, Station #4, if built, should be minimal in size and staffing and equipment should be moved from Island Center reducing cost of this expansion.
3. Property values are increasing as you read this letter and additional monies through existing millage will be available soon.
Hopefully, this effort will provide the taxpayers of this district more information and perhaps the Fire Board will consider some of these suggestions. And I encourage the taxpayers of this district to vote no on Aug. 26.
William C. McKee