Published: Sep 24, 2010 5:21 AM EDT
Updated: Sep 24, 2010 2:22 AM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - As expected, the Lee County Commission voted Thursday night to approve a $383 million operating budget.

The budget is down roughly 5% from last year.

Commissioners Brian Bigelow and Frank Mann voted against the budget saying not enough speeding cuts were made.

Nearly $40 million in reserve money will be tapped to balance the budget. Commissioners also agreed to leave the tax rate at $3.65 for every $1,000 of taxable property.

County workers will be forced to take unpaid furlough days and contribute more to their health insurance. These same workers haven't had raises in 3 years.

The only real surprise in the vote was commissioners agreed to restore all LeeTran routes that were previously on the chopping block.

The cuts would have saved the county roughly $782,000.