Residents of Lehigh
Acres Protest ECWCD
A group of five people who said they lived in Lehigh carried signs in the parking lot of the East County Water Control District urging ECWCD commissioners not to raise their taxes. They identified themselves from left to right as Bob Balch, Joe Hatch, Frank McIntosh, Linda Phipps and Rhita Nichols.
Members of the East County Water Control District (ECWCD) will vote Aug. 19 at a regular meeting to set their budget which could result in a small assessment fee hike or no tax hike at all.
The board meets at its headquarters board room on East County Lane last week for a second budget workshop. All five members of the board were there – Chairman David Deetscreek, Ken Thompson, Mike Bonacolta, Mike Welch, and Nate Stout.
Second the first budget workshop two weeks earlier, the staff at the ECWCD has “refined” the three scenarios prepared for the commissioners to study to make a final decision. That decision could mean upping assessment fees three percent or leaving them as they already are.
Five people, who said they lived in Lehigh, staged a protest in the parking lot of the ECWCD before the 6:30 p.m. meeting. They carried homemade signs urging commissioners to vote no to any type of tax hike.
Residents of Lehigh Acres pay an assessment fee to the water control district which maintains miles and miles of canals, culverts and bridges.