To: Donna Fiala, chairperson, Board of County Commisioners, Collier County.
Subject: Mandatory assessment for collection and disposal of solid waste; notice of Aug. 14, issued by the Collier County Public Utilities Division and the Board of County Commissioners.
I’m writing to you to request that the Board of County Commissioners revise their decision on special assessment for trash collection and disposal, as indicated in the notice listed above.
It is not the right decision now to impose any additional charges on the owners of Florida properties. I request and believe that the board may rescind the new special assessment totally and/or postpone it for the next three years due to deep recession and the falling market values of real estate in Collier County.
The board should rather consider all possible ways to reduce, at least temporarily, the costs of municipal services and, if necessary, to reduce the scope and frequency of trash collection. For example, I suggest to make only one trash collection per week (instead of two), and as a consequence to either reduce the price paid for that service or to maintain it without change. Hence I do not see any reason for the special assessment at this time.
I request that my suggestions and opinion be included as subject of the Board deliberations at the next meeting on Sept. 15 (as indicated in your notice).
Thank you for your consideration.
Dr. Karol I. Pelc