|Published:||Aug 19, 2013 1:08 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 19, 2013 1:08 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Jobs are on the line as part of a solution to a $30-million-problem with the county budget. That's how much of your money the county doesn't have, and that means leaders have to find ways to cut.
Seventy-eight people could be laid off. At least 21 of them could be supervisors in various departments.
Commissioners are also looking at raising taxes again. Last month, they voted to raise the tax rate for the first time in 14 years. Today, they could adjust that number even higher.
Commissioners are also looking at closing City of Palms Park. Right now, it costs taxpayers about $500,000 a year to operate. Leaders say upgrading the park and the surrounding area would cost about $30 million, which is something the county can't afford.
"We've tried everyway we know to rent the building out. We've had no takers. We've tried every kind of scheme, from swimming pools to baseball. Nothing seems to have attracted any kind of attention," said Frank Mann, Lee County Commissioner.
Commissioners could also cut some Lee Tran bus routes.