STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - The Starkville Board of Aldermen approved and passed the budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.
Board members met Tuesday night after 9 p.m. with a quorum or a majority.
The aldermen passed the budget 3-2, along with the 1.5 millage tax rate increase.
The 1.5 mil increase brings the total millage tax rate to 28.13 mils on Oct. 1, the start of the next fiscal year.
Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill said the 1.5 mil is the equivalent of a roughly 1 percent tax increase.
For example, a person who owns a $100,000 home will pay an extra $10 more in taxes annually.
The mayor said she supported the mil tax increase because it shows the city’s employees that city leaders acknowledge them and will equip them with the necessary tools to do effective work.
In addition to raising city employees’ wages, the mil increase will allow the police department to hire more officers.
It will also allow the fire department to hire two firefighters for Fire Station 5, which will make it fully-staffed.
The city’s I.T. Department will add security cameras to keep the community safe.