Leesburg- Lee County employees could end up with a bigger raise in the upcoming fiscal year.
County employees packed the county commission board room Monday night when they heard county elected officials were budgeted for a two percent raise because of a state mandate.
Employees were only budgeted for one percent. Several citizens told the commission they were willing to pay more taxes to make sure employees get a better raise, so the commission voted it in.
"Any time you get a raise, it makes you feel better," said Charles McBurnett, who works for the county's public works department. "With prices going up like they are now days, you got to have it or you get behind further and further in your own bills."
The money for the raise will come out of the reserve fund. The commission has to approve the budget by June 30th.