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Fire board approves special assessment fee hike

August 30, 2017
By MELISSA BILL ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Despite public outcry, the Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District's Board of Commissioners approved a 4.1 percent increase to the district's special fire assessment fee at its Aug. 29 final rate resolution meeting.

Before a large turnout of residents, Fire Commissioner Chairperson Cathy Kruse stated that there had been some confusion surrounding the fee.

"This is not a new tax or a rate added to last year. It's also not a bill," she said.

Richard Pringle, the district's attorney, explained that Lehigh voters approved the assessment fee by a vote of 51 percent in November 2014.

"This is just the first year the district has considered an increase in the rates," he said.

The board and staff then turned the floor over to residents and attendees, who provided input and voiced questions.

Editor's note: Full story to follow.



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