Lee County to decide funding for new emergency management assistant

Lee County Emergency Management is meeting with the board of supervisors Monday to go over its budget and discuss how to fund it.

Director Steve Cirinna is retiring next July and is looking to hire an assistant in the spring to learn all the ropes before he leaves office.

The board will discuss whether to pay for it by continuing on the same per capita population chart or fund it through a property tax levy.

He said there would be a temporary tax increase of 23 cents per resident under the current system or an increase in property taxes per assessed value to help pay for the three months of the position.

Cirinna said the reason for this discussion is he wants to leave the county in good hands.

“We are more involved in the community and helping people,” Cirinna said. “Not only do I work with first responders and the health department, hospitals, and those types of groups. I am also out there with businesses and industries and get to meet them and work with them. It’s getting more involved.

He wants to also do more storm spotter training and hold more informational events.

The meeting will be at the sheriff’s office at 3:00 p.m.

Don Dwyer

Don Dwyer

Don Dwyer is a Morning Anchor/Reporter at WGEM.

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