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Lee County leaders worry about state budget cuts

By Len Kiese - bio | email

August 12, 2008

LEE COUNTY, GA (WALB) - Lee County Commissioners and the School Board members are worried about the huge potential financial impact that state budget problems will have.

Governor Sonny Perdue froze $428-million in the homestead relief. Those grants save Lee County homeowners $221 on their property tax bills.

If state lawmakers approve the freeze, already financially strapped Lee County could have to absorb $600,000. County leaders will go ahead and look for ways to cut back and save on expenses.

"I think the best thing we can do is put pressure on our legislators to talk the Governor out of doing it this year. Now if it has to be done because of financial situations, maybe next year, but I think we need to give the taxpayers a little notice," said Lee County Tax Commissioner Betty Johnson.

Governor Perdue also wants to cut 2-percent from Georgia school system budgets. That adds up to $500,000 for the Lee County School System.

Combined with the homestead freeze, it's a potential $1.2 million impact. Superintendent Dr. Larry Walters says that would be devastating to the school system.

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