2012-09-28 / Front Page

County Balances Budget When DC Can’t

Despite the fact that the Federal Government can’t balance their budget, it’s nice to know that Lee County, our cities and school districts, still can. On Monday, September 24, the Lee County Commissioners adopted the proposed budget for the 2012- 2013 fiscal year and set the overall tax rate at $0.6529 per $100 valuation, compared to the current rate of $0.6459, a $0.0070 increase.

The order adopting this rate will increase the property tax by approximately 4.45%, and will raise taxes for maintenance and operations, approximately $2 per year on a $100,000 home.

The Commissioners discussed many other items during their regular meeting held on Monday. Concerning the on-going repairs on the Courthouse, the Commissioners approved a proposal from Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. for $135,000 to prepare the construction documents for the exterior and interior restoration work needed after foundation stabilization is verified. These documents will be required as the County goes back to the State Historical Commission for funding and out to contractors for bids on the restoration required.

In other action, the Court set the second Saturday in October as the next County Cleanup day. The court also set the court schedule for the upcoming year, as well as approving the holiday schedule for 2013. The Court appointed Maxine Siegmund, Cheryl King, and Michael York to serve a three year term on the Child Welfare Board; Betty Kellar to serve a two year term; and Ricky Washington and Marilyn Hansberger to serve one year terms.

The Court also appointed Maxine Siegmund as a delegate to the Governance Committee for the Region 7 RHP relating to the 1115 Waiver. This has to do with funding for the Indigent Health Care of the County.

The Court also approved an agreement with Live Air Networks for $110 per month to supply the internet service from the Courthouse to the Lee County Law Enforcement Center needed to allow video monitoring of the cameras in the Courthouse.

Even with the fire danger index at 626 (with 500 considered dangerous), the Court did not declare a burn ban. The Commissioners requested that all residents of the County use extreme caution when dealing with outdoor burning.

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