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Thursday, 17 September 2015 14:11

Lee County Commissioners Set Final Budget

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In an afternoon meeting on Tuesday, September 15, the Lee County Board of Commissioners adopted a $1.9 billion budget for the fiscal year 2015-16, with a millage rate of 4.1506. The rate is a 5.59% increase over the rollback rate of 3.9308.

The budget and tax items passed in 4 - 1 votes. Commissioner Frank Mann dissented on the items, citing his objection to the county’s reduction of impact fees as the reason.

At their morning meeting on the same day, the Commission held discussions on several other items, including the expansion of Independent Special District boundaries of Babcock Ranch into Lee County. The resolution asked for the Commission and County to express they had no objection to the proposed expansion.

Mann objected to the resolution, stating that it was “putting the cart before the horse.”

“This is in a DRGR area, intended for rural preservation,” Mann said. He was concerned over the lack of information that was available to the Commission on what would be required for development on the Lee County lands.

The resolution passed 4-1, with Mann dissenting.

Another item voted on was an annual merit increase for Donna Marie Collins, Lee County’s Chief Hearing Examiner. Commissioner John Manning made a motion to set the increase at 4 percent, which passed in a 4-1 vote with Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass dissenting.

Chairman Brian Hamman then gave Pendergrass direction to start negotiations with the County Attorney and Manager, with the goal to retain their services for another year.

The Commissioners also unanimously voted to allow the transfer of Tourist Development tax revenue bond escrow reserve funds to be used for capital maintenance improvements for the CenturyLink Sports Complex on Six Mile Cypress Parkway. This will include work on the concourse, decking, and power. The funds can only be used for the stadium.

By Trent Townsend

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