The Lee County Board of Education officially voted to increase their millage rate by two and a half mill on Thursday evening.
The vote came following the third and final public hearing where residents had a chance to voice their opinions on the increase, but officials say in order to maintain the level of service they've been providing, they had no other options.
"It's kind of gone as far as they can go without increasing, it's been 5 years. The revenue has gone down from the state whereas the expenses have gone up," said Superintendent Dr. Larry Walters.
Board members say the millage rate is voted on a year to year basis, however and they hope to be able to lower the rate back down in the future.