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GPICA tackles ‘taxing units’ at meeting

March 14, 2018
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

In an effort to explain some of the finer details of the proposed incorporation of Pine Island and Matlacha, the Greater Pine Island Civic Association invited Noel Andress to discuss Municipal Service Benefit Units and Municipal Service Taxing Units.

"It was at a recent meeting that some Matlacha residents expressed concerns about the idea of Matlacha being taxed for paving private roads and installing sewer systems on Pine Island," GPICA president Roger Wood said. "So we thought is a good idea to invite Noel to explain alternate ways those things could be accomplished."

Andress, a long time Pineland resident and property owner, was also the most recent chair of the Lee County Local Planning Agency. His community service includes the Lee County Affordable Housing Committee, Watershed Council and the Airport Special Management Committee that oversees Southwest Florida International Airport.

Andress has been involved with Pine Island planning and development issues for years and has extensive experience in urban land development, water management development, vacant land planning, business development and strategy, real estate investment and future land planning.

Andress explained that MSTUs and MSBUs can be used for capital improvements such as street lights, dredging and paving roads. MSTUs and MSBUs can be used for specific geographic areas created through an ordinance that levies taxes on specific geographic areas to pay for those particular services.

"There are two MSBUs on Pine Island," Andress said. "One is on Harbor Drive that is a road paving project. The cost of paving the road is prorated among the homeowners that benefit from the project. It takes 51 percent of the residents to approve the project. Cherry Estates is the other BSBU which, was also used for paving roads. An MSBU or MSTU could also be used for a project in Matlacha."

Later on, if Pine Island / Matlacha become a municipality, it could be written into the city charter that projects such as water, sewer, sidewalks, road paving, drainage, etc., can all be done with MSBUs.

In other business, Woodstock Road resident Ndakhte Ndiaye delivered a brief update on the status of the Woodstock airstrip lawsuit.

"We received a 'motion to dismiss' the lawsuit and we'll be at the hearing to make sure that doesn't happen and I'd like to invite everyone to attend the hearing scheduled for March 19, 2018," Ndiaye said. Please contact Ndakhte Ndiaye via email at for additional details.



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