This letter is in response to Sarah Pianovski's letter Friday. Ms. Pianovski has the correct take on what the city manager has suggested. A fee is the same as a tax. Any money paid to government is a tax.
The present city commission, as well as those who have preceded them, view it differently. They do not consider a fee to be a tax. They have resisted raising property taxes but consider increased fees fair game.
A fee (tax) hits the taxpayers twice. First, there are no controls regulating how much the city can charge you for "fee taxes." Second, if you are a taxpayer who itemizes your deductions on your federal income tax return, the amount of your deduction for taxes will be reduced by the amount that would now be identified as a garbage tax.