Strange aldermen meeting ends with Starkville approving millage increase

Starkville's aldermen meeting on Tuesday saw many aldermen absent, but the Board eventually approved the budget and the millage increase.

Posted: Sep 18, 2019 10:50 AM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - The Starkville Board of Aldermen approved the city’s budget and the 1.5 mil increase associated with it.

The Board initially held a meeting on Sept. 5 to further discuss the budget and the proposed mil tax increase.

Mayor Lynn Spruill said the mil increase would allow the city to hire more police officers, firefighters, purchase equipment and increase the salary for city employees.

However, disagreement among the Board led to the topic being pushed to Tuesday’s meeting.

Tuesday’s meeting, scheduled for 5:30 p.m., had its own issues.

According to the Starkville Daily News, only three of the seven aldermen were initially present at the meeting’s start time.

The mayor said she would wait 30 minutes for enough aldermen to arrive for the Board to have a majority necessary to conduct the city's business, according to the newspaper.

The mayor voiced her frustration with the aldermen's absence, reported the Starkville Daily News.

Of the absent aldermen, David Little of Ward 3 and Ben Carver of Ward 1 arrived at City Hall shortly after 9 p.m., allowing the city to have a majority, according to the Starkville newspaper.

A 3-2 vote approved the budget and millage increase, with Little and Carver opposing, reported the Starkville Daily News.

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