Today, State Representative Bob Cortes made the following statement regarding the Public Service Commission’s unanimous approval of Utilities Inc.’s request to nearly double water and wastewater rates for Seminole County residents:

“This decision, which doubles rates for West Seminole residents, demonstrates that the Public Service Commission is not standing on the side of consumers. Without a compelling case from Utilities Inc. and despite a public hearing where citizens expressed their concerns, the PSC moved ahead with a decision that would clearly impose an unfair burden, especially for seniors on fixed incomes. In the Legislature, we have repeatedly worked to do just the opposite, as we have passed numerous measures to reduce taxes and fees, including the property tax exemption passed just this year. Floridians should expect better from public servants like the Public Service Commissioners, and I hope they will do better going forward.”

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About Bob Cortes for State Representative

Bob was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2014.  Previously, he served as mayor of Longwood and on the Longwood City Commission beginning in November 2009. In 2012, he was re-elected to a second term. He is a member of the Seminole County Community Traffic Safety Team and a graduate of the Florida League of Cities Institute for Elected Municipal Officials. He is a member of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO). With this organization, Bob has participated in several institutes, including the Newly Elected Leadership Institute, the Redistricting Institute, and the Fiscal Policy Institute hosted by NALEO and the Kellogg School of Business. Bob grew up in New York and Puerto Rico and moved to Central Florida in 1989. He founded Cortes Towing Service, a successful small business now in operation for over two decades. In 2011, he started another venture, Cortrans Shuttle Service, a transportation provider that serves Orlando Sanford International Airport, Orlando International Airport, the Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal, and area attractions. He was recently named one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanics by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando. He and his wife, Virginia, are members of St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Altamonte Springs. They are blessed with three grandchildren.