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Lee County leaders hear promising financial news

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By Len Kiese - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Lee County leaders got promising financial news but they say they've still got tough work to do.

Auditors told county commissioners that the county's cash and revenue are up and the county has a surplus of about $620,000. They say that's impressive when many counties are struggling and laying employees off.

Commissioner Ed Duffy, who was once again elected Commission Chairman Tuesday night, says it came from hard work during the budget process. He's concerned about the upcoming budget year.

"We're about a million dollars out of balance right now. Now that we have a $619,000 surplus, we're going to be out of balance about a half a million dollars. We're going to have to make the necessary cuts to survive," said Duffy.

Duffy says they're determined not to raise taxes as they make those cuts. Before the last budget process began, the county was $3.8-million out of balance.

The county is doing more with less including not filling 16 vacant positions.

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