News Cast 4/1

News Cast for April 1st:

Glades could lump garbage and fire service together

While it is far from a done deal, there is support on the Glades County Board of County Commissioners to have a fire tax and mandatory garbage collection. Glades County commissioners debated adding a garbage tax to its current fire tax proposal at their last meeting.

Moore Haven city is yet to decide on whether to have the county provide fire service under this proposal. Mayor Brett Whidden said he would like to see more information on the number of fire calls and the costs.

The proposal being discussed would impose a $60 fire tax per home. The city of Moore Haven cost would be $38,000  for one year.

Commissioner John Ahern said city residents have to pay for trash illegally dumped in the city by county residents and even out of county residents.

The next Moore Haven City Council meeting is April 6.

Rate hike possible for FPL

Expect your light bill to go up after a proposed rate hike from Florida Power and Light. FPL requested a 3.5% rate hike for each of the next five years.

The proposal is now before the Florida Public Service Commission. The proposal calls for a $1.1 billion increase in base-rate revenues in 2022 and a $607 million increase in 2023. The company also wants to see a $140 million increase in 2024 and a $140 million increase in 2025 to pay for solar energy projects.

They would like to install 30 million solar panels in the state in the next nine years.

Under the plan, FPL residential customers who use 1,000 kilowatt hours a month would see their bills go from $99.05 in January, 2021, to $109.58 next January.

The bill would increase to $113.49 in January, 2023, to $115.61 in January, 2024, and $117.06 in January, 2025.

FPL Spoksperson Chris McGrath said the rate hikes have not kept up with the rate of inflation, “The bill that customers today pay is actually lower than it was in 2006.  When you think of all the things we pay for in goods and services whether its groceries or health care, there are not a lot of things today that are cheaper than 15 years ago.  The FPL bill is actually down.”