Lee County residents voiced their displeasure with a potential property tax hike Thursday evening.
The County is proposing a millage rate increase of more than 11-percent. Lee County Commission Chairman Rick Muggdridge says that a hike in the millage rate is needed due to the increasing cost of public safety. He told those that attended Thursday's public hearing that if the county postpones dealing with problems such road conditions, it will cost more in the long run. He also said more money is needed for law enforcement and fire services.
A string of homeowners tonight told commissioners putting a greater burden on them isn't the right way to improve the community.
"Every year since I moved here I've struggled to pay my property taxes," said Lee County resident Gail Gaulke. "I cannot afford additional taxes and I'm sure there are number of parents out there in the same boat. We can't afford more money coming out of our small pocketbooks. We really can't. The money should be able to be found someplace else besides our purses."
The higher rate would bring in an extra $1.3 million a year for the county. A final public hearing set for July 30th at 6 p.m.