Posts Tagged ‘appropriation’

City-schools squabble continues even after settlement

JACKSON — Months after a court order supposedly settled the issue, the Jackson Public School District is once again at odds with the city government over school taxes. According to emails and a settlement offer obtained by The Clarion-Ledger, the school system contends the city broke the agreement struck in July that set the district’s […] [...]

Airport asking city for more funds; needs $1.2M for improvements

TUPELO — One month after requesting and receiving money from the city of Tupelo for taxiway repairs, the Tupelo Regional Airport Authority Board makes another request, this time for $1.2 million. In a specially called meeting of the Tupelo City Council yesterday, WTVA TV reports airport executive director Joshua Abramson stated their case: The money, […] [...]

Hearings at end, lawmakers start to craft budget

JACKSON — Now that budget hearings are over, Mississippi lawmakers face a long process of deciding how to spend tax dollars for fiscal 2015, which begins July 1. The 14 members of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee held four days of public hearings last week and quizzed agency leaders about how money is already being […] [...]

City council trims department heads’ pay

MERIDIAN — The City Council has voted to cut the salaries of some department heads. Mayor Percy Bland, who was elected in June, replaced some department heads and kept others. In doing so, he set higher pay for directors of community development, homeland security and the chief of police. The chief administrative officer’s salary was […] [...]

DPS asks lawmakers for more money; education funding in question

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Public Safety is seeking 45 percent more money from the state general fund for the coming year, a far-larger increase than any other agency has requested during this week’s state budget hearings. “That’s just not realistic to me,” Sen. Terry Brown told Public Safety Commissioner Albert Santa Cruz during […] [...]

Agencies, schools petition lawmakers for funding in upcoming bidget

JACKSON — Mississippi’s prison and mental health systems and Medicaid program are seeking millions of extra dollars to get through the budget year, then more money on top of that for the coming year. Agency leaders appeared yesterday before the Joint Legislative Budget Committee to request money for fiscal year 2014, which ends June 30, […] [...]

Officials looking more closely at state agency budgets

JACKSON — Leaders of Mississippi government agencies are facing scrutiny about everything from office space to travel expenses as they request money for fiscal 2015, which begins July 1. The 14-member Joint Legislative Budget Committee started annual hearings yesterday — the first step in a lengthy process of deciding how to divvy up state tax […] [...]

Legislators to conduct public hearings on FY2015 budget

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are holding public hearings this week to start setting priorities for the next state budget. Fiscal year 2015 begins next July 1. Agency directors will appear today through Thursday before the 14-member Joint Legislative Budget Committee. They’ll request money for schools, highways, prisons, Medicaid and other services. The hearings are being […] [...]

County leaders to raise taxes for emergency services

TUPELO — Lee County Board of Supervisors president Bobby Smith says taxpayers shouldn’t expect more than a modest tax increase in the 2014 fiscal year budget to upgrade the county’s aging 911 radio system. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported supervisors approved the county tax rolls yesterday, allowing officials to go ahead with crafting a […] [...]

Aldermen call public hearing over mayor’s budget proposal

OLIVE BRANCH — Olive Branch’s mayor is proposing 3 percent average pay raises for city employees and a half-million dollars set aside to pave roads. The Commercial Appeal reports the Board of Aldermen will hold a public hearing tonight on the budget proposed by Mayor Scott Phillips for the 2013-14 fiscal year that starts Oct. […] [...]

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