To the editor:
The proposed millage increase for the Fire Department is a significant one. Pine Island already has one of the highest fire department millage rates of any locality - I don't think we collectively understand how to contain expenses rather than "we need it so increase taxes." We all need, but can we just increase our Social Security or pensions, or increase our home values if we wanted or needed to sell - no we can't, so we cut our expenses until we can save for the extras. I think it's time to revisit combining the Cape Coral and Lee County fire departments. Surely, one administration would be less costly and there would be "economies of scale" in combined training, purchasing power and sharing equipment. If we simply increase millage, there is no impetus to innovate. I'm voting "NO."
And, where are the absentee ballots to our resident Snowbirds. When we voted on the fluoride issue, we mandated that an absentee vote be included. If this can't be accomplished on this issue at this late date, then we should delay the vote until our entire population can consider the facts and make an informed decision.