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Town and library tax levels

July 29, 2015
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

To the editor:

We should all applaud Mr. Light for the perspicacity and wisdom he displays in his letters and in his service to our community. His pointing out the benefits we get from our council compared to the modest amount of property taxes we pay are indeed a bargain. However, if we look at the 2014 revenues, we see that the total is $12,057,751 and the property tax revenue totals $1,823,023 which means property tax pays only $15.1 percent of the town's revenue! A bargain for us never the less.

What a difference is our library. We hardly get a bargain from it. In the 2014 audit, the library shows a huge fund (i.e. cash doing nothing) of $2,379,933. This is partially explained: $314,000 is for catastrophe, $155,000 for equipment and building, $519,000 for solar, but $1,363,933 UNASSIGNED. Does the Fort Myers Beach Library Board know what this is for or is it not telling us? This is massive overtaxing that we must pay whether or not we own our own computer or are too busy to read books. It costs about $900,000 per year to run the library. I implore the board members to show some responsibility to us taxpayers and forgo collecting taxes for the next two tax years. You would still be left with a substantial reserve.

Peter Reid

Fort Myers Beach



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