|Published:||May 20, 2013 8:48 PM EDT|
|Updated:||May 20, 2013 8:48 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Lee County commissioners discussed ways to trip $13M from its proposed budget, which could include eliminating some Lee Tran bus routes.
Local leaders are trying to close a $30M operating deficit.
"It's losing $9 million a year, but that has never been a service that made money... it's been one that costs money," said District 3 council member Larry Kiker.
It's unsure which exact routes are in danger of being shut down, although 1 could be route 60 to FGCU which lost its university funding this year.
One group of citizens up in arms over the discussions come from the southwest Florida Council of the Blind.
"For nearly all the estimated 3,000 blind or vision impared people in this county, most of them rely on some form of Lee Tran," said Mike Ulich, President of SWFL Council of the Blind.
According to county estimates, raising bus fares by $.25 could boost county revenues by an additional $300,000 per year.
Commissioners have until the end of September to approve a balanced budget.
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