Last night's election results will mean lay-offs for some and much needed revenue for others.
Voters in three Collier County fire districts were asked to approve a tax increase to help the district's struggling fire departments and Immokalee is the only district to get the green light. That means up to an additional $450,000 annually. Last June, budget troubles forced the fire district to shut down one of its stations. Six firefighters were laid off and three positions were eliminated. Chief Greenberg said the impact won't be felt until the next fiscal year, October 1st.
In Golden Gate and East Naples, voters said no to their tax increase. Both districts won't know the full impact of the failed referendum until they see the estimates for property values in June. Still, both fire chiefs predict positions will be lost, and services will be reduced. Both chiefs say they will do whatever they can to maintain as good of service as they can to residents.
Mayor Ben Nelson won the race in Bonita Springs, beating challenger Dave Grothaus. He plans to get right back to work at Wednesday's City Council meeting. He told WINK News Bonita's future is big and bright. Mayor Nelson said his re-election will mean a renewed effort to diversify the city's economy.