Published: Oct 26, 2010 3:56 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 26, 2010 12:56 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Owning undeveloped land in Cape Coral could get a little more expensive.

Cape councilors are discussing adding assessment fees to people who own undeveloped land in the city that's already hooked up to city water and sewer. The plan could raise millions of dollars and help lower utility costs.

"There seems to be a consensus to do this," said Cape Councilman Bill Deile.

The idea is still in the early stages, but if it moves forward, people who own undeveloped land in the Cape that's already hooked up to city water and sewer would be required to pay an assessment fee. How much they would pay isn't known yet.

There is the concern if the cost is more than what the property is worth, people would abandon the property and walk away. Cape leaders don't want this to happen, but would like the property owners to pay.

If the plan moves forward it would add more money to the city's utilities and lower utility bills for thousands of people.