November 30, 2006
Leesburg--Lee County leaders say they've solved a massive budget crisis. They were able to make enough cuts to offset a $550,000 dollar budget shortfall. Expenditures were up and revenue wasn't what leaders expected the first few months of the budget year.
County leaders asked all department heads to find ways to slash their budgets. Thursday night, commissioners approved those cuts and say the amended budget is balanced. "I'm extremely grateful for the teamwork by the department heads and elected officials to get us to this point. Without them, we wouldn't be where we are today," County Administrator Alan Ours said.
Commissioners initially voted to lay off four employees but reversed that decision. They're still looking at the budget of Grand Island Golf Course. Managers there suggested raising rates, but commissioners say it's not enough. They want more changes before they approve a new budget for the course.