or call 893-7117.
Big business and the wealthy would have received a huge property tax break on the backs of the poor and non-profits with a proposed "fire fee".
That's why citizen's formed the Fair Tax Coalition and petitioned St. Petersburg City Council and Mayor Bill Foster which says: "Stop this gimmick that reaches into all pockets, regardless of ability to pay. Council should promote a more equitable source, such as millage adjustments, not a flat tax that targets the poor."
Complex, regressive fee has to go.
Whom to blame for higher taxes
St. Petersburg leaders must decide how to raise 10 million tax or fee
tampabay.com editorial Fuzzy math at St.Petersburg city hall.
While St. Pete city government stubbornly insists that the poorest residents do not pay their fair share of taxes, research tells a different story.
Its not true that some of us pay nothing for city services. Single family home owners and tenants pays about $600 a year in "flat tax" utility base fees in addition to charges based on consumption. We also pay a city tax on water and electric use.
Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy: Unbalancing Florida's Tax System: Eliminating Taxes on Wealth Has Shifted the Burden to Other Floridians
Who Pays? Florida Fact Sheet
Poverty Rises in Florida While the State's Tax System Benefits the Wealthy