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Lee Co. Library over budget

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Leesburg, GA (WALB) – Construction hasn't even started on a new library and conference center in Lee County and the project is already way over budget.

The news comes at a time when money is hard to come by. The construction bid on the project was initially $139 per square foot.

The latest figures show the cost $30 more per square foot with more square footage added on.

Commissioners questioned representatives Tuesday night from SRJ Architects about the difference which they say will cost the county an extra $1.75 million.

"The board of commissioners is going to have to meet and decide which way we're going to go. We may have to re-bid it, we may have to cut down it's size. But we're going to have to do something because we can't turn that $2 million  back to the state," said Commission Chairman Ed Duffy.

The state is giving $ 2million  for the project.

The county planned to use $ 2million in sales tax revenue, but the current estimated cost is nearly $6.3-million.

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