The recommended 2022-23 budget is slated to be presented to the Lee County Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday at McSwain Extension Education and Agricultural Center.

That’s just one of several items on the board’s agenda for the meeting that begins at 6 p.m. Another is the presentation of the 2023-2027 Capital Improvements Program.

Prior to that, the commissioners will meet at 4 p.m. for a budget workshop to hear from various county department heads regarding their requests, the agenda said.

A public hearing on the budget proposal is scheduled June 6 at 6 p.m.

In other matters, the county commissioners will be asked to approve a public hearing on the purchase of the Buggy Factory building at 115 Chatham St.

The county, the City of Sanford and the Sanford Area Growth Alliance have leased space in the building from the owners Progressive Development Corp., since 2014, according to agenda documents.

“The joint use of the space allowed all entities to have space to house their independent departments and space for some of the departments shared by both the County and the City of Sanford. The goal was to have a one stop shop available for citizens and developers looking to develop in Lee County,” the documents said.

Progressive is now looking to sell the building and the county is interested in purchasing the property provided the City of Sanford and SAGA agree to continue leasing space for 10 years.

Representatives from Progressive and the county have negotiated a purchase price of $5,125,000. The county would make a $1,500,000 down payment with the balance to be paid in installments with zero-% interest over a four-year period, documents say.

If the board agrees, a public hearing will be held June 6.

The Lee County Fire Advisory Committee is to present budget recommendations for each of the county fire departments.

None of the seven departments is seeking an increase in their fire district taxes, according to documents.

Other agenda items include updates on renovations to county buildings and voting on rezoning requests for properties off Steel Bridge and Buckhorn roads.

The McSwain Center is at 2420 Tramway Road.

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