Keokuk, IA – The Lee County Board of Supervisors has started focusing on the spending portion of the county's budget for next year. The board has scheduled day-long workshops with elected leaders and department heads for the next 3 days. These open workshops will focus on the budget requests for each department, and on how well the current budget is being followed throughout the county. Last year, the board raised property tax rates by more than 30% to help fill a more than $1,000,000 shortfall in the county's 2 general funds. Chairman George Morgan says the board does not want to repeat that action this time around. The board will wait until it meets with each department head before releasing the entire proposed budget for next year. That means the supervisors will not know if the county is facing a shortfall or a surplus in its 2 general funds for at least another week.