For the first time in 9-years Lee County property owners will see a tax increase.
Commissioners approved a $23.4 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year. That's an increase of $1.4-million over the current budget. The extra money will help resurface 250 miles of roads and hire two new sheriff's deputies and a fire department training officer.
"I think people will see their tax dollars at work quickly," said Rick Muggridge, Lee County Chairman. "We're going to see improvements in Lee County."
The money will also help offset rising health insurance costs and pay for maintenance of County buildings. Commissioners will officially set the millage rate in August but expect it to go up between 1 and 1.4 mils or as much as 11%.