Supervisors tell department heads to cut budgets by 5 percent

GULFPORT — Harrison County supervisors have told most department heads to cut 5 percent from their budgets.

The Sun Herald reports the exceptions are the sheriff’s office, which was asked to trim its budget by 2.75 percent, and the Sand Beach Department, which won’t be cut.

The sheriff’s cut would be over $505,000.

Supervisors basically had two choices on Wednesday — cut budgets or raise taxes. Officials say the county faces a decline in revenue from $57.5 million this fiscal year to $55.6 million next year. And there are rising costs such as electricity, insurance and retirement plans that the county can’t control.

If all the cuts are made, County Administrator Pam Ulrich says they’ll total about $2.5 million.

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