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Utility Tax Alert 4_30_08

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April 30, 2008

From : Subject : COTI Action Alert COTI Action Alert COTI Challenges Proposed City Utility Tax April 30 , 2008 Why Join COTI ? Membership in COTI enables you to keep informed and to participate in meaningful efforts to ensure good government and preserve the sanctuary character of our Islands . Send an email to COTI @ for membership information and we will respond promptly . Contact COTI : By Mail : COTI PO Box 88 Sanibel , FL 33957 Email : COTI @ Website : The Sanibel City Council is Considering an Option to Create a Tax on Electric & Water Usage The Sanibel City Council is considering a new tax on utilities of up to 10 % . COTI opposes this tax . Raising taxes and imposing new taxes should be a last resort , not the first . For many years the City of Sanibel''s operating budget ( excluding special events like Hurricanes Charlie and Wilma ) has been increasing at a rate higher than the cost of living index . The City should look to expense reduc tion and other measures before it imposes new taxes as a means to deal with fiscal problems . As a result , COTI has issued the following letter to the Council : April 30 , 2008 To : Members of the City Council : During it''s meeting of April 30 , 2008 , the Board of Directors of The Committee Of The Islands voted to adopt the following position regarding Sanibel''s fiscal condition and the propose d utility tax : 1 . COTI opposes the adoption of a utility tax as well as any attempt by the City to obtain an option to impose such a tax . 2 . COTI requests that the City of Sanibel provide a detailed explanation of the nature and extent of the fiscal p roblem . 3 . COTI requests that the City meet any anticipated revenue shortfall via the reduction of expenditures rather than the imposition of new taxes or an increase in existing taxes . We are providing the City Council this information now , with the hop e that the council will discuss it during the next Council meeting . Sincerely , Harvey Padewer Chairman , City Governance Committee Committee Of The Islands " COTI urges you to contact the City Council at Sancouncil @ and express your support for COTI''s position . Pd . Pol . Adv . paid for and sponsored by Committee of the Islands , Inc . PO Box 88 Sanibel , FL 33957 Forward this email to a friend This email was sent to tomtr @ , by coti @ Update Profile / Email Address | Instant removal with SafeUnsubscribe ™ | Privacy Policy . Email Marketing by Committee of the Islands ( COTI ) | PO Box 88 | Sanibel | FL | 33957

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