FORT MYERS, Fla. - Reducing services, cutting pay and maybe even deeper layoffs. It's all on the table as Lee County commissioners decide how to deal with a $60 million shortfall.
Commissioners are supposed to get a series of budget-cutting recommendations at Thursday's meeting.
WINK News is told budget planners will ask for an increase in the tax rate, even though three of five commissioners oppose that option. They're also considering furloughs, some use of reserves and less maintenance of county parks, facilities and roadsides, all to wipe out the $60 million shortfall.
Another option could be a ten percent pay cut for all county employees across the board.
Whatever happens, expect less for your county tax dollars.
"We've had an enhanced level of government services in our community. It has to come down and if you want lower taxes, you will see the level of services reduced," said Lee County Manager Karen Hawes.
The commissioners won't vote to finalize budget changes until their regular meeting on Tuesday, August 31st.