Taxes raised to recoup levee funding following flood

by Associated Press

Published: July 27,2011

Tags: disaster, disaster recovery, flood, flooding, levee, natural disaster, severe weather, taxes, Weather

WARREN COUNTY — Taxes are going up for some property owners along the mainline Mississippi River levee in northwest Warren County.

The Board of Mississippi Levee Commissioners wants to recoup about $400,000 spent from a $2-million reserve fund during the recent flooding. The increase will translate into an extra $2.40 on a tax bill for a property valued at $100,000.

The increase affects the 500 or so property owners in levee-protected areas west of the Eagle Lake community.

Officials tell the Vicksburg Post that expenses included equipment rentals and costs related to the district’s support of last-minute work of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to shore up sand boils at Buck Chute in the weeks preceding the river’s historic crest May 19 at 57.1 feet, 14.1 feet above flood stage.

Source: Vicksburg Post

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