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Bob: Just for educational purposes and for all of our information, I suggest you investigate what the majority of cities in Florida are doing as a result of the recently passed action by the State Legislature proposing reducing Property Taxes. I think you will find that many of them already had in place Special Assessments Districts and Utility Taxes that t5hey are raising up to make up for losses in revenue. Marco Island is no different. We will have aditional taxes from other sources. The budgets have been passed in the past and the Island is looking great. The average age on the Island is going down and the number of families is going up. This requires additional infrastructure and much of the infrastructure that was in place needed updating. You have not been here that long, but Collier Blvd was difficult to navigate after heavy rains and impossible to travel on after a hurricane or the effects of one. The standing water was a health hazard and attracted mosquitoes. There are many other things that have taken place over the years that were needed.Anyway, check with other cities and you will find we are no different than any of them as far as taxes are concerned. In fact, we are the only city in Florida with a 3% spending cap and there is only one other city with a cap and thet is the City of Palms which has a 10% cap.Ed Issler
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