Starkville aldermen consider reduced millage tax increase

The Starkville Board of Aldermen held a budget work session on Thursday to take another look at the budget.

Posted: Sep 5, 2019 7:23 PM
Updated: Sep 6, 2019 9:17 AM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - The Starkville Board of Aldermen held a budget work session on Thursday to take another look at the budget.

The board discussed crunching numbers to approve the proposed budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

At Tuesday’s regular meeting, the board split over moving forward with the proposed budget with the millage tax increase associated with it.

The 1.5 millage tax increase will raise citizens’ taxes by roughly 1 percent.

Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill said the mil will ultimately allow the Starkville Police Department to hire two officers and buy new equipment, allow the fire department to hire two firefighters for Fire Station 5 and buy a new truck, and raise the salary for city employees.

At Thursday’s work session, the Board of Aldermen ended the meeting with Alderman Ben Carver suggesting he'd only vote for a 0.64 mil tax increase.

The revenue from 0.64 mil tax increase is the minimum amount needed to fully staff the fire department and raise the salary for city employees.

The Board of Aldermen put the item on the agenda for Tuesday, Sept. 17.

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