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Between now and the end of May, Lee County Commissioners will work to cut two million dollars out of their proposed budget in an effort to keep from raising taxes for a fourth year.

The budget committee says they're still dealing with touch economic times. Lee County's Tax Digest is down $40,000 this year. There's a two million dollar gap between expenditures and revenue coming in so the finance committee say that means sitting down with department heads to find out what can be cut from the budget. Commissioner have promised no furlough days or a tax increase for it's citizens.

"We intend to scrutinize every items in their budgets to try to whittle down that two million dollar deficit," said Ed Duffy, Lee County Commission Finance Committee.

"Right now is not the time to be raising taxes and I can assure you we're going to be able to balance this budget without a tax increase," said Bill Williams, Lee County Commission Finance Committee.

They say department heads requested 15 new positions at a cost of $630,000 and eight new vehicles for the Sheriff's Department. They say, that's nearly half of the two million dollars right there. The county so far hasn't had to furlough employees or raise taxes in three years. They'll sit down with department heads the first week in May to make the final cuts.

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