COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - It's your money and Collier County wants to save $130,000 of it by shutting off street lights during the off season. Some tax payers say they aren't the ones benefiting and it could wind up being dangerous.
"If you drive out here at all, if you live in this area you know it's pitch dark."
Kelly Blummer is talking about Collier Boulevard. It's just one of the roads where most of the street lights will be turned off until the roads fill up again during season.
It's also the road where her daughter catches the school bus. "My daughter's in high school, she's a freshman and it's still dark in the morning, it's barely getting light out," Blummer tells me with concern.
The county has shut off 76 percent of it's street lights on parts of Immokalee Road, Collier Boulevard, Vanderbilt Beach Road, Rattlesnake Hammock Road, Livingston Road and Logan Boulevard. They plan to turn them on again in November.
"They put the street lights up, let's use them," one local says.
"I don't understand how we can pay for something with our tax dollars and then they turn it off when us, the tax payers, are still here," Blummer says.
She's not the only one who feels this way. WINK News received emails calling the lights out a slap in the face to full-time residents.
However, the county says it will save them money in the long run, and it hasn't proven to cause an increase in traffic crashes.
Some residents find that hard to believe.
"A hundred and thirty thousand is a lot of money, but safety? There's probably better things to cut back on."
The county says it will leave streetlights on in intersections and commercial driveways.