COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - It's your money and homeowners in Collier are spending $22 an hour to protect FEMA workers.
FEMA representatives are in the area to present new flood maps during open forums this week. Collier leaders estimate 50 thousand homeowners could be forced to spend between $200 and $2 thousand each year on flood insurance because they're now in flood zones. FEMA representatives are nervous homeowners will cause trouble at the meetings.
"Why should people have to pay for somebody else's security guards. FEMA definitely has the money to pay for their own security people," said Chuck Bohaboy in Naples.
"It should be paid for by the state and federal government and not by the local taxpayers," said Bob Herman.
"It's hard to do an additional $22/hour," said taxpayer Brian Pestana. "They should use that for unemployment."
County leaders tell WINK, homeowners in Golden Gate Estates will see the biggest change in their flood status. Homeowners really can't shop around for flood insurance prices because they're set by the federal government.
The county will be spending nearly $400 for security guards. But, taxpayers say its not the price tag, but the principle that makes them upset.