LEE COUNTY, Fla.- It's your money, and there's a new element to the ongoing budget battle in Lee County. Sheriff Mike Scott wants more money for his budget, and one way of getting it could be a small tax hike.
For years, several words have been virtually forbidden in county budget discussions: tax hikes and tax rate increases. Now, that may be changing, as Mike Ccott argues for more money for his office.
"Have we gotten more done with less? Yes, but I think we are at the end of that rope right now," Sheriff Scott said.
With that, Sheriff Scott went through his proposed budget, an increase of 3.6 percent over this year. That includes a 3 percent raise for every employee.
Sheriff Scott told reporters, "They're inside talking about a tax increase for libraires. Well, how about a tax increase for law enforcement?"
Actually, a very small increase in the property tax rate would generate the extra $5 million that Scott is seeking. The final decison will be made by commissioners later this summer.