Recently, International College welcomed Florida Lieutenant Governor Jeff Kottkamp and members of the Chamber of Southwest Florida. With several issues in the state legislature today impacting business in our region as well as the state, Chamber members were eager to hear Kottkamp’s message and question him on some of their key concerns.
In his speech Kottkamp expressed his views on cutting property taxes for Florida residents. Though the plans currently offered by both the Senate and House of Representatives differ, Kottkamp said the only outcome he is concerned with is that residents see relief.
"Our job number one has to be bringing down property taxes. We don't care (which version of the plan is accepted) as long as the rates drop,” said Kottkamp. “However it happens is fine as long as it's broad and meaningful.”
Kottkamp, who makes his home in North Fort Myers when he is not in Tallahassee, favors seeing property taxes abolished, and would like to see a special election on taxes this summer. He admitted, however, that an election like this might not be likely, as it would require a supermajority vote of the Legislature.
Guests attending the speech comprised of elected officials from Ft. Myers, Cape Coral, Sanibel, Bonita Springs, Lee County and members of the school board. The gathering was part of a meeting of the Chamber of Southwest Florida which meets monthly at the International College Ft. Myers campus. The Chamber is a regional business organization that builds leadership as a strategic contribution to the community.