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Lee County leaders look toward future

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December 12, 2006

Lee County--  After cutbacks and strategic planning, Lee County commissioners made up a half million dollar budget shortfall and approved an amended balanced budget Tuesday night. One plan to cut losses is to raise fees at the county-owned Grand Island Golf Course.

Commissioners approved an increase in membership fees. The biggest jump is for family memberships that go from 71-dollars to 90-dollars a month. Individual memberships will increase from 68-dollars to 85-dollars. Lee County residents will also no longer get a reduced rate.

"It's something that I talked to several commissioners about and several members about and we felt it's time to get over that part of it and then everybody's rate should be the same whether in Lee County or Dougherty County," said Grand Island General Manager Vic McKinley.

The changes go into effect January 1st and are projected to bring in more than 58-thousand dollars annually. Golf course leaders are working on additional ways to increase revenue.

Lee County leaders also mapped out how they'll use special local sales tax money over the next several months. About 4.5-million dollars of the current SPLOST money is still unused. It'll run out in September of next year.

Tuesday night, commissioners voted to put safety first. They'll use the money to build new fire stations in Palmyra and Smithville. The rest of the money will be used for projects such as the completion of phase one of the Old High School renovation.

Commissioners also had a look at what items they may put on the SPLOST 5 referendum for March. Potential items include a new wastewater treatment facility in Leesburg and millions in road projects.  

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