LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Lee County leaders are taking on the budget again Tuesday. Right now commissioners are wrestling with a $70 million shortfall. Just last week they asked Sheriff Mike Scott to charge deputies more for health insurance for their families.
The Sheriff says he is not willing to change the premiums. Also on the table, using $25 million in reserves to balance the budget. The commissioners are meeting Tuesday afternoon.
Cape Coral is also trying to save money. The city council is holding a public hearing Tuesday afternoon to discuss their budget problems.
The city manager wants to slash the payroll for high level employees by 6.71%. That would save $6 million. Just enough to close their budget gap and not have to borrow from the reserve fund.