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Lee County Utility Authority cuts back

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November 20, 2006

Lee County--  The Lee County Utility Authority is making cuts to help the county with a huge budget shortage.

The county is now under a hiring freeze because of a projected half million dollar shortfall less than six months into the budget year. The Utility Authority has one job opening that won't be filled.  That will save $15,000.

The Authority also decided not to buy two much needed service trucks that would have cost $18,000. They also cut one part-time labor position. The moves will save the county about $38,000 in total.

"We needed that new position but I think we need to be financially responsible. As a staff, we can tighten up and do what we have to do," said Lee County Utilities Authority General Manager Chris Boswell.

County Administrator Alan Ours says the county took out a tax anticipation loan with Colony Bank a couple of months ago. So far, they've borrowed 1.5-million dollars that they'll have to pay back at the end of the year.  Ours says that should be no problem at this time.  

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