Published: Jul 31, 2012 9:04 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 01, 2012 5:21 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Will your tax rates go up? That's the question in front of Lee County commissioners today.

After a heated discussion Tuesday, commissioners decided to leave the tax rate right where it has been: $3.65 for every $1,000 assessed property value.  One commissioner wanted to increase that rate in an attempt to bring in more revenue.  That person indicated:  the recession has ended and property values are coming back up. Others suggested cutting salaries of Lee County employees to balance the budget.  Commissioner Ray Judah voted to keep the tax rate at its present level:  $3.65 per $1000 of value.

Lee County faces a $30 million budget shortfall. A decision must be made to balance the budget by October 1st.