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Board of supervisors hosting budget public hearing

NATCHEZ — Adams County residents who want to say their piece about how the county government plans to spend its money in the coming year will have their opportunity tonight.

The Adams County Board of Supervisors will have a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. in the boardroom at the supervisors’ offices on State Street to discuss the proposed budget for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2014.

The proposed budget projects the county’s revenue at $23,394,519. The proposed budget represents an increase in revenues of $850,670 over the current fiscal year.

The proposed budget will be 57.07 percent funded by ad valorem taxes, but does not include an increase in tax millage. Instead, the proposed budget leaves the current ad valorem rate of 114.27 mills in place.

“It is always our mission not to raise any taxes on the public unless it is absolutely necessary,” Board of Supervisors President Darryl Grennell said. “It is our mission to operate within our means, within the revenues that we have received in the last several years.”

While tax millages have not been increased, the assessed value of the county has increased slightly, and a rate of 60.22 mills will produce the same amount of revenues as 61.83 mills in the current fiscal year. Those whose property has been assessed at a higher rate will see an increase on their tax bill.

The final approval for the budget and tax levies will be made a week after the public hearing at 9 a.m. Sept. 12 in the boardroom at the supervisors’ offices.