After the Public Service Commission unanimously approved of Utilities Inc.’s request to nearly double water and wastewater rates for Seminole County residents, Florida State Representative Bob Cortes (R-Longwood) condemned it as an undue burden on West Seminole residents.
“This decision, which doubles rates for West Seminole residents, demonstrates that the Public Service Commission is not standing on the side of consumers,” said Cortes in a statement released by his office. “Without a compelling case from Utilities Inc. and despite a public hearing where citizens expressed their concerns, the PSC moved ahead with a decision that would clearly impose an unfair burden, especially for seniors on fixed incomes.”
“In the Legislature, we have repeatedly worked to do just the opposite, as we have passed numerous measures to reduce taxes and fees, including the property tax exemption passed just this year,” continued Cortes. “Floridians should expect better from public servants like the Public Service Commissioners, and I hope they will do better going forward.”
The Orlando Political Observer reached out to Cortes for additional comment, and he added: “While we work hard in the legislature to reduce tax burdens on our residents, having the PSC approve such high rates goes against everything I believe and work for. I will look for ways to prevent these outrageous increases from occurring in Florida in the future.”
Cortes was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2014, and launched his re-election campaign for 2018 earlier this month.
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