North Fort Myers, Fla., March 21, 2014 –Customers in unincorporated Lee County will notice a new charge on their electric bill beginning April 1, 2014, due to a new franchise fee imposed by Lee County Government. Board of County Commissioners voted to approve the fee at their March 18 meeting. The franchise fee of 4.5 percent of the electric bill is a means for collecting additional operational funds for Lee County Government. The agreement grants LCEC the right to use rights-of-way for electric facilities.
The fee will be assessed to all LCEC customers receiving electricity in North Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres, Pine Island and other unincorporated areas of Lee County. Customers can identify the fee on their bill as a separate line item. All monies collected by LCEC will be remitted to Lee County Government, and no funds will be retained by LCEC.
LCEC works hard to manage the costs that we can control. We maintain the electric system, improve processes, create efficiencies and leverage technology so that electric rates remain competitive. LCEC has not raised rates in five years and in fact, decreased rates in January.
LCEC announced that it will provide the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) with a $4,450 environmental funding award to help in their mission to save wildlife through care, education, and collaboration. CROW is the first organization to receive LCEC’s newly established environmental funding award. To apply for this award, organizations can email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an application. The deadline for 2014 award applications is September 1, 2014. Interested organizations must meet certain criteria to be considered for the award including being located within LCEC service territory, funding utilized for projects/programs related to the environment and the utility industry, and having a demonstrated need for funds. This funding award is just one of the many ways that LCEC positively impacts and supports wildlife and the environment.
Established in 1940, LCEC is a not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative serving Cape Coral, North Fort Myers, Marco Island, Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Pine Island, Everglades City, Immokalee, Ave Maria, and parts of Lehigh Acres. LCEC is committed to providing efficient, reliable, cost-competitive electric and emerging energy solutions and excellent service to our customers. LCEC is also a major contributor to the local economy as one of the largest employers in Lee County with nearly 400 employees and by its support of many local agencies through charitable giving, volunteerism and environmental stewardship.
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