Concerned Citizens Introduces New President

on Wednesday, 19 July 2023.

Dear Member,

Have you seen the headlines in the recent edition of the Apalachicola Times? The Property Appraiser estimates a record year in property evaluations. This could possibly give the county $300 million more in increased assessments. Last year our taxes saw a 12-14% increase even with the increased values, and there was little public outrage

For the last twenty years, the Concerned Citizens of Franklin County (CCFC) has been on the front lines to hold the County Commissioners accountable and fiscally responsible. Leading the way was Allan Feifer. Allan has worked tirelessly with the County Commissioners, the School Board and Weems Hospital to analyze budgets/financials and policies to ensure the best for the citizens of our great county. Now Allan has decided to retire as President. It will take ten people to replace his talents, and I’m not sure that is enough. Allan will continue to serve on our Board of Directors.

That is where you come in. The CCFC continuously seeks new members and is currently inviting volunteers to help Board members expand oversight of various operations within the county. For example, it is hoped that interested citizens will volunteer to attend School Board, Tourist Development Council and Airport Advisory Board meetings to report on the activities and actions as they affect local taxpayers and citizens. Currently, a volunteer attends and reports to the CCFC Board on Weems Hospital Board meetings. When CCFC representatives are present at meetings, public officials act differently when they know they are being watched. So we really want you to join us.

The CCFC’s Mission Statement is:

The Concerned Citizens of Franklin County serves as an advocacy group watching over our Franklin County governments to ensure that they are more open, affordable, efficient and responsive to its citizenry. The CCFC intends to hold public officials accountable for their actions in the administration of their duties and in meeting their fiduciary responsibilities to the taxpayers.

Please join us as a CCFC member and/or volunteer to be part of the solution to help improve Franklin County government. To join, please call or email:

Mason Bean, President Gail Riegelmayer, Secretary
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850-653-6734 850-683-5571

Thank you.

Mason Bean, President