|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.