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Lee Commission faces $3.6 million budget gap

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

Leesburg, GA (WALB) –  Lee Commissioners met with the District Attorney, Elections Supervisor, and Directors of Public Works and Parks and Recreation.

Each department head has already met with County Administrator Alan Ours to whittle down their budgets.

The finance committee is going back over those figures line by line trying to balance the budget without a tax increase or furloughs.

"I would say that most of the department heads that have come before us understand and accept the responsibility knowing their budget's going to be cut and we're just going to have to do what we've got to do with less until this economy turns around," said Lee County Commission Chairman Ed Duffy.

Public Works director Mike Sistrunk told commissioners he needs more than a thousand dollars to put up a fence so the new Animal Shelter can open.

They decided to take that from SPLOST revenue instead of the general budget.

Sixteen vacant county positions have been frozen, and the only area where the finance committee promised to add funds is in public safety.

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