Supervisors to hold public hearing

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 19, 2006

NATCHEZ &8212; The public will get a chance to state their peace on the county&8217;s new budget today at 5:30 p.m.

The Adams County Board of Supervisors will hold the public hearing in the supervisor&8217;s building on State Street, next to the Adams County Jail.

By law, the county has to hold public hearings before they can approve budgets, Supervisors President Grennell said.

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&8220;We&8217;ll be listening to any concerns or any suggestions,&8221; Grennell said.

In the proposed budget for the next fiscal year, the board lowered the millage rate by about half a mil, lowering property taxes slightly.

The millage rate &8212; which results in property taxes &8212; decreased from 65.39 mils last year to 65.06 in the proposed budget.

The rate means someone with a house appraised at $100,000 would save an extra $5.30 in taxes each year.

Additional revenues from an oil severance tax contributed to the tax decrease.

A tax decrease isn&8217;t something citizens have encountered in recent years. Attendance at the hearings typically varies from one or two people to a room full if a tax increase is proposed.

County Administrator Cathy Walker said she and Assistant Administrator Charlie Brown were still working on balancing the budget Wednesday.

Because of this, she said, she did not have final numbers each department would receive.