Vicksburg’s general fund gets extra $100,000 as board closes fiscal year

Published 4:21 pm Friday, October 1, 2021

The city of Vicksburg ended the 2021 fiscal year with more than $100,000 extra in its general fund.

According to the final round of budget amendments presented by city accounting director Doug Whittington, the city finished the year with $82,300 extra in revenue and a $23,521 decrease in expenses for a net $105,821 in extra revenue at the close of the fiscal year.

Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said the extra money “shows our fiscal conservancy and our strategy around budgeting works. I couldn’t be more satisfied with the direction of this city in terms of its financial obligations and its future.”

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Among some of the major points on the budget amendment summary, real estate property tax revenue decreased by $35,000, while ambulance service fees increased by $60,000, the city’s share from the county road tax increased $10,000 and revenue from special assessments was up $35,000.

Special assessments are liens the city puts on properties when the property owner does not reimburse the city for cleaning a derelict property. The lien is resolved when the property is sold.

In city expenses, administrative services expenses increased by $50,000, while administrative capital costs decreased by $50,000, and capital expenses for the information technology capital expenses for items like computers decreased by $38,500.

In the street department, supplies expenses decreased by $65,000 and supply costs for the city’s mosquito control operations decreased by $34,000.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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