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Catholic Bishop weighs in on St. Pete fire fee



St. Petersburg's Catholic bishop made clear Friday where he stands on Mayor Bill Foster's proposed fire fee: Against.

"...The burden upon the fixed-income and low-income residents of this plan, however, is the most troubling. Flat taxes are patently unfair in that they hurt the most vulnerable the hardest. I congratulate council members Charlie Gerdes, Wengay Newton and Steve Kornell for seeing this inequity and hope that two more members of the council will show courage in defeating this ill-conceived plan," the Most Rev. Robert Lynch wrote in a Tampa Bay Times letter to the editor Friday. Click here to read the full letter.

[Last modified: Friday, July 20, 2012 8:59am]


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