Lee County property owners could see a tax increase for the first time in years.
Taxpayers had a chance to give their opinions on the county's proposed $23.4-million budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The millage rate has been 12.76 for 8 years. Commissioners are considering a 1.4 mil increase to provide an extra 1.4-million dollars for major improvements they say are needed.
"The condition of our roads, the condition of our public buildings are something that we shouldn't pass on to the next commission," said Rick Muggridge, Lee County Board Chairman. "We should make sure that we're taking care of those year to year, and I think this budget does that."
The extra revenue would also offset rising health insurance costs and pay for two new deputies. Commissioners will vote on the budget June 24th.