Published: Jul 24, 2013 10:31 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 24, 2013 11:43 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, FL--A community is outraged from possibly being forced to spend up to $24,000 dollars to hook up to the city of Cape Coral's water system.

The project affects the southwest 6 and 7 areas in the Cape.

At the special meeting this evening, people got so frustrated they walked out.

It was a very emotional meeting for many who live in the southwest 6 and 7 regions of Cape Coral.

They're just a couple steps closer to being forced to pay nearly $24,000 dollars to get hooked up to city water.

"At this meeting, it was indicative that not a single person spoke in favor of this UEP moving on," said resident John Traube.

Chloe Caron-Klusendorf lives with her mother who is a single parent and unemployed.

Paying for the UEP project, she says, will impact her family's future.

"This $20,000 that it is going to cost us, it could have been used for my college," said Caron-Klusendorf.

Others in the crowd simply walked out after saying the council isn't listening to their opinion.

"Six of them have made up their mind and they are going to push it through," said Mark Harris.

But council woman Rana Erbrick says they are listening and says hooking up to city water is what the city needs right now to help the city and businesses grow..

"We have got that price down half a million dollars than what the total cost was back in 2008," said Erbrick.

The city will start sending out notices to those in the areas to let them know how much it will cost.

The final vote on starting the project is on August 21.



There are payment options.

 

If you go with an initial prepayment, August 22, 2013 - Octo

ber 31st, 2013 the estimated cost is about $15,400 dollars, spread out through 20 years. You can get a 20 percent discount on a section of the project, called the CFEC, or Capital Facilities Expansion Charge. 

 

If you wait and pay an amount later on, from November 1, 2013 to July 31, 2014, that total will cost you an about $15,800.

 

If you don't prepay anything and wait until August 2014, the price starts to increase up to around $17,200.  If you enter into the city's payment plan, it's going to end up costing you the most. 

 

The first 6 years will cost you just over 2,000 dollars a year. Years 7-through 20 will cost you about 810 dollars a year, It all adds up a total of $24,414.  No matter how you pay, you're going to get this on your tax bill each year. The amount on your taxes depends on the plan you choose.

 

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Once these numbers are approved Wednesday, if you live in that area, you're going to get a notice telling you about the payment plans.

 

An official vote on the numbers will take place Aug 21st in the city council chambers. Construction is expected to start in September.

 

    

 

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