Public hearing set for Monday on county budget

Published 11:28 am Wednesday, September 5, 2012

A public hearing to hash out Warren County’s operating budget for fiscal 2013 will be at 9 a.m. Monday after supervisors Tuesday ratified a legal notification to satisfy a requirement of a state law governing how millage increases are advertised.

The board is considering a budget that contains about $14.8 million in spending with a $10,803 surplus, created by a hiring freeze in select departments and higher building permit fees. No pay raises are included in the supervisors’ budget for the county’s 260 employees, though raises can be given within individual allocations to offices run by other elected officials.

Millages levied by the county won’t rise, leaving taxes on homes, businesses, car tags, mobile homes and equipment the same. The millage that funds the Vicksburg Warren School District will rise by 1.21 mills to fulfill the public school system’s request in July for $26,257,804. The amount is $69,184 less than this year, but lower assessed values on land and equipment countywide have prompted a higher projected millage.

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