FPL Stunned by $2.3M Tax Bill from Puerto Rico City After Maria Aid

FPL Stunned by $2.3M Tax Bill from Puerto Rico City After Maria Aid

Charles Elmore | my Palm Beach Post

After helping restore power in blacked-out Puerto Rico, Florida Power & Light Co. officials bristled at receiving a tax bill of more than $2.3 million from the city of Bayamón on the storm-battered island, records show.

The tax bill required payment related to hurricane restoration work separate from other utility expenditures that will be reimbursed by the U.S. government.

The top executive at Juno Beach-based FPL called the charges “inappropriate,” saying utility workers gave up holidays with their families and spent months performing non-profit work during a crisis in Puerto Rico.

“Mr. Mayor, the honor and humanity of your city’s people stands in striking contrast to the inappropriate monetary demands issued by your finance director,” FPL president and CEO Eric Silagy wrote in a letter to Mayor Ramón Luis Rivera Cruz…(Read the full story)

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