The proposed Matlacha/Pine Island Fire District millage increase was rejected by voters Tuesday by a vote of almost 2 to 1.
The proposed increase to the millage cap from 3.00 to 3.75 would have added $6.25 cents per month (per $100,000) to homeowners' tax bills.
"Our plan to build fire station #4 is on hold for now," Fire Chief Joe Marzella said. "I was hoping to reduce the response times to Matlacha, Matlacha Isles and Cape Royal but without the added resources it won't happen."
The breakdown of the Matlacha/Pine Island vote:
Yes ..916 (38.8 percent)
No 1,445 (61.2 percent)
"I don't see any short-term effects because even if the resolution had passed the money wouldn't have been available to us until next year," Martzella said. "The people have spoken. We'll put our boots on in the morning and see what's next."
Of the four fire districts that requested either increases or a special assessment in lieu of property taxes, two were approved (Tice and South Trail) and two were denied (North Fort Myers and Matlacha/Pine Island).