The City Council is no longer considering a proposed Electric Franchise Fee after Florida Power and Light could not agree to a referendum for the fee’s rate.
City manager Denise Bevan told the council at the end of the council’s July 25 budget workshop that FPL would not agree to a citizen referendum on what the rate would be.
Council member Theresa Carli Pontieri — who made the motion to approve the FPL franchise fee agreement during a July 18 meeting — said she plans to withdraw her motion at the Aug. 1 business meeting.
“We all said up here that if the rate could not be a referendum, that we would not vote for it to be put in place,” she said.
“It’s off the table,” Mayor David Alfin said.
Ahead of the Aug. 1 meeting, Palm Coast will host a Town Hall meeting about the budget at the Palm Coast Community Center at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 27, according to a press release from the city government. Pontieri will present information at the meeting.