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Lee County man says budget mistake was 'obvious'

May 31, 2006

An observant Lee County voter says if he hadn't caught a big budget mistake, the county would be in big trouble.

Business owner Bill Williams noticed a 1.6-million dollar miscalculation in the proposed budget that he says stuck out like a sore thumb.

He informed the county's finance director. In order to balance the budget, county commissioners eliminated planned raises for county workers and decided not to hire any new employees or buy new cars and equipment.

"It really bothers me because these commissioners would have probably balanced and passed this budget with that 1.6 million dollar shortfall and gone on a spending spree," says Bill Williams.

"We're going to have to cut the employees out until such time that we seem necessary that we can have the money to hire them. We're going to do that," says Wally Roberts, with the county's finance committee.

At a public hearing on the budget tonight, critics claimed commissioners continue to waste the county's money. Commissioners stress the budget is balanced without a tax increase. They say the budget mistake was an honest mistake and they don't plan to discipline the finance director.

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