Published: Sep 23, 2010 12:01 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 23, 2010 9:01 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. -  Lee County Commissioners are set to vote on a smaller budget for next year tonight.  About $60 million needs to be cut to balance the $620 million spending plan for 2010-2011.

Through a series of public hearings some of the options suggested to cut the budget include employee furloughs and requiring them to make greater contributions to their health care plan.  The Sheriff's Office has come forward with $3 million in cuts to help out and $57 million is being borrowed from a retirement fund.

Lee County is facing as much as a $51 million shortfall in it's 2011-2012 budget without making some of these cuts tonight.

Commissioners will listen to one more round of public comment before making their final vote.  The meeting starts Thursday night at 5:00pm.