CAPE CORAL, Fla. - It's your money and almost $7 million dollars of it is buying new equipment and vehicles for the city of Cape Coral.
The money isn't coming from the city's general fund services, but from its water and sewer, and stormwater funds: about $3.4 million dollars for equipment, and 3.5 for vehicles.
City spokeswoman Connie Barron says some of the vehicles and equipment are deteriorating and aging. Some of it is almost 15 years old.
The purchase will replace city public works and utilities vehicles, such as trucks and vans, and backhoes, along with equipment such as pumps, and generators. It will also go towards informational technology.
Barron says your rates haven't increased for this purchase, but rather, it's just a matter or prioritizing money. She says the city has put off this big purchase for about five years, and this is a step in slowing replenishing some of the city's needs.
In the past the city has replaced items when absolutely necessary, on an as-needed basis.
The city won't have any additional money available for equipment and vehicle purchases until the fire service assessment service is in place.