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Proposed new Lee Co. public safety station in question among commissioners

Commissioners have to approve the final budget has to be approved by June 30./ Jazmyne Hankerson

The Lee County Board of Commissioners have a few more things to talk about before this upcoming budget is approved.

Aside from the 3% cost of living increase that all employees will see Jan. 1, leaders said a major focus on this budget is public safety.

The budget will allow for all five Fire/EMS stations to be staffed with four people 24/7.

It's a proposed new public safety station though, that commissioners can’t quite agree on.

The goal is to decrease response times by putting a new station in the northern part of the county where there isn't one close by.

But some commissioners felt the money allocated for the center would be better spent on other public safety uses.

After a lengthy discussion at Tuesday night's meeting on if the station needed to be built at all, the board decided to have a special called meeting to talk more about it.

"We've got some areas of the county that are kind of underserved and we're just trying to serve them better,” said District 5 county commissioner and chairmen of the budget committee Bill Williems. “Public safety is a priority with this board."

Willems said the proposed county budget is set at $23.9 million.

The special meeting will be held soon because the budget has to be approved by June 30.

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