Posts Tagged ‘budget’

Corps to shut down campgrounds due to federal budget impasse

VICKSBURG — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is preparing for the closure of USACE-operated campgrounds and day-use parks nationwide beginning today if the potential shutdown of the federal government goes into effect for lack of fiscal 2014 funding legislation. Affected recreational areas would not reopen until after the shutdown is lifted. Some USACE-operated […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Utility Authority gives nod to nearly $7M budget

HERNANDO — The DeSoto County Regional Utility Authority board has approved a $6.68 million budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. Under the blueprint, Olive Branch, Southaven, Horn Lake, Hernando and Walls will be charged $3.19 per 1,000 gallons of treated wastewater, a 34-cent increase from the fiscal 2013 rate of 2.85. The […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Hospital system expects millions in losses from federal cuts

HATTIESBURG — The Forrest Health hospital system is expecting its first red ink since 2007. The projected $2.5 million loss for fiscal 2014 is from federal cuts, including payments for uninsured patients, CEO Evan Dillard told The Hattiesburg American. Forrest General alone is expected to lose $3.7 in such “disproportionate share” payments, he said in […] [...]

City to hike water rates, fees but not raise taxes

NATCHEZ — The city of Natchez may not be raising taxes, but an increase in water rates and inspection fees may be in residents’ futures. In an effort to prevent a city-wide tax increase, The Natchez Democrat reports Mayor Butch Brown and the board of aldermen discussed both issues during a work session yesterday. Aldermen […] [...]

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