Some Collier County Commissioners want to raise your taxes to pay for non-essential government functions, despite an additional $22 million from property-tax revenue. They’ve already increased certain taxes from 4 to 5 percent on the tourism industry.
The Commission is proposing increasing property taxes by 25 cents for every $1,000 of value, and adding a 1 percent sales tax. The cost? $30 million.
What exactly is their goal? To fund the Conservation Collier program. Not only would this pull $20 million out the pockets of hardworking taxpayers, 70 percent of the land within Collier County is already marked for conservation. Purchasing more land for conservation would only increase the cost of living.
The Commissioners should instead seek to live within their means, cut taxes and let citizens keep more of their money. Another tax increase for a non-essential program is unacceptable.
Contact your county commissioner and tell them to vote NO on increasing Collier County’s property taxes.