The Seniors vs. Crime office is now looking into taxes on gas and water surcharges collected by Gainesville Regional Utilities. The group was previously only investigating a complaint about a tax on electric customer charges collected by GRU.
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According to SVC office manager John Caravella, an advisory opinion from Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi in 2013 is his basis for further inquiry. The opinion was issued regarding a similar case in Leesburg.
Seniors Versus Crime sent a letter to GRU attorney Shayla McNeill and to Gainesville Mayor Ed Braddy today asking them to consider refunding customers $10.4 million in potentially improperly collected taxes.
The letter can be read below: