Lee County-- After months of budget problems, Lee County leaders hope next fiscal year will be better but that could mean an increase in taxes.
Tuesday night, commissioners got their first look at County Administrator Alan Ours' proposed budget. To get the county back on strong financial footing, he recommends a 3-mill property tax increase. That's a jump of more than 20 percent.
Ours says commissioners don't have to approve a millage increase but that would mean a reduction in services for Lee County residents. Furthermore, he stated a plan like that would take careful planning on the commissioners' part.
He also says the county may need to increase water and sewer fees.
The proposed budget does includes a five percent cost of living increase for county employees and ends a hiring freeze. Commissioners will begin deliberations on the budget next week.