Flora only municipality in county to raise 2015 taxes
Thursday, September 4, 2014 4:00 AM
Madison, Ridgeland and Canton are holding steady when it comes to Fiscal Year 2015 budgets, with no tax increases or significant cuts being made.
The projected total budget revenue for Madison is $31.3 million, down from $33.2 million last year. Expenditures for the next fiscal year will be $33.3 million, but that includes one-time revenues added in 2014.
Madison's millage rate will remain at 28.8 mills.
Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler said this is a "standard" Madison budget with no frills or big expenses. Employees will receive annual pay increases and services will remain steady.
She said the budget includes additional road overlay projects, too.
Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee said the city's millage will remain the lowest in the county at 20.03 mills, with no changes this year.
"We've not raised taxes for a number of years," he said.
McGee said one area of focus for next year's $22 million budget will be the fire department and the addition of a fire inspector on staff. There will also be road overlay projects and updates of traffic signals. There will also be induction lighting installed to provide a better service at lower cost, he said.
Ridgeland employees will receive a 1 percent cost of living increase and money is budgeted for this eligible for a 2.5 percent performance based increase on work anniversaries.
Canton Mayor Arnel Bolden said he was happy to report there would be no increase in city taxes either.
Canton has the highest millage rate in the county at 56.32 mills.
"We worked long and hard and had several budget meetings to have a balanced budget and make sure that the taxpayers of Canton would be proud of the effective job we're doing by not raising taxes," he said.
There is money budgeted for a new state-of-the-art fire truck and for additional police personnel, Bolden said.
The Town of Flora is the only municipality in the county which is seeing an increase in milage.
Debbie Ross, town clerk, said they were increasing taxes 3 mills to 33.5 mills. She said there hasn't been an increase in years.
The total budgeted revenue is $1.272 million with expenditures at $1.8 million.