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School board proposes budget, tax hike

HATTIESBURG — The Hattiesburg Public School District board of trustees has proposed a $58-million budget for the 2010-11 school year that includes a tax increase and staff cuts.

The Hattiesburg American reports the board proposed yesterday increasing the ad valorem millage rate by 3.25 mills. That would mean an increase of $32.50 in property taxes on a $100,000 home.

The 2010-11 budget is about $2 million more than the 2009-10 budget but includes many cutbacks.

Frank Aderholdt, business manager for the district, said cuts were necessary because of an 8 percent decrease in state funding. He said some jobs, including second-grade assistant teachers, one or two assistant principals, several secretaries, and a school resource officer, will be eliminated.

The board will give final approval to the budget at its July 15 meeting.

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