Published: Apr 29, 2013 6:31 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 29, 2013 6:37 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- It's standing room only as the Cape Coral City Council debates whether to raise taxes.  The city wants to tack on a 10% "public service tax" to utility bills to make up for a multi-million dollar shortfall.

"It's to that point that we either do this or the city we turn into is something we probably really don't want to see," council member Rana Erbrick said before Monday's meeting.

The 10% tax would amount to approximately $20 million the city plans to use on capital improvement projects such as paving roads and keeping city parks open.

According to the Lee County Electric Cooperative, the average family would see an increase of about $10 per month.

If the ordinance is passes, it would take effect on October 1, 2013.

To calculate your potential public service tax, click here.