Lee County Commissioners looked into saving hundreds of thousands of dollars by withdrawing from the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council during their meeting on Tuesday.
The council is one of 10 that the state of Florida created to coordinate development between counties. State law mandates that the counties be members of the councils, but staff informed the commissioners that the organization’s interlocal agreement allows members to stop paying assessment fees as long as the county gives a 12-month notice that it intends to withdraw funding. Sarasota County has already given its notice that it intends to withdraw from the council.
Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass said that in his experience the council has had most of its power removed by the state and that the money being contributed to it would be better spent elsewhere.
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