West Palm Beach first imposed a fire fee on its residents and businesses in 2008. Ever since, city leaders have talked about hiking it. At $25, it generates big bucks for the city – more than $2 million last year. And like a goose that lays golden eggs, city officials keep shaking it for more.
Now the city’s finance director has proposed boosting the fee for residents to $85, more than triple the current rate. For businesses, the fee would more than triple as well. It’s not the first time city officials have suggested such a grand money grab. In 2010, then-Mayor Lois Frankel wanted to raise it to $100. She was shouted down then, and city officials deserve to be shouted down again.
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