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LEESBURG (WALB) - Lee County Commissioners adopted a $30 million dollar budget Tuesday with a little more than $21 million in the general fund.

Chairman Ed Duffy says the county worked hard over the past year to balance the budget while offering a cost of living raise for county workers.

"With the economy we're experiencing right now, it's a feather in the cap to this board of commissioners to not have to raise taxes in 6 years and not have to lay an employee off," said Duffy.

County employees also received a 3% cost of living increase.

The Lee County sheriff's office and fire department will get some much needed upgrades.

Commissioners approved a bond issue which will provide money for an improved emergency communication system.

The fire department will also get some new equipment.

The $3.3 million dollar cost was approved in the most recent SPLOST referendum, but commissioners say they needed the equipment immediately so they approved the bond sale to cover the cost.