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Lee County leaders continue to monitor the budget

May 22, 2007

Lee County--  Lee County leaders are still hashing out details of next year's budget trying to avoid a tax increase.  However, the current year's budget doesn't look too promising.

County Administrator Alan Ours gave Lee commissioners a financial update Tuesday night. He says the county only has $863,000 cash on hand.  They need about $1.2 million to operate.

To meet that need, they had to take out a tax anticipation note of $3-million. Ours says the way things are looking, they may need more than that. He wanted to end the fiscal year in the black but it looks like that won't happen.

"It appears that due to overprojected revenues a year ago that the county will end up in the red. It could be half a million dollars or $800,000. Right now our projection is around $750 (thousand) but that could adjust.  Hopefully down," said Ours.

Ours says once the tax digest is complete, commissioners will have a clearer picture of the upcoming budget. Even with the financial problems, commissioners already voted not to raise taxes. Tuesday night, Commissioner Morris Leverett expressed concern that if taxes aren't increased the county will be in an even bigger hole next year.

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