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Coast city must make cuts; facing multi-million-dollar deficit

GULFPORT — Gulfport city officials are being told they are going to have to make millions of dollars in spending cuts. Gulfport is on track to end this fiscal year with a $1 million deficit that could climb to $4 million in 2013, finance director Mike Necaise said. The problems include revenue shortfalls and increased costs, including upkeep on post-Katrina ...

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Ex-mental health center director ordered to repay money

LONG BEACH — State Auditor Stacey Pickering has ordered the former director of the South Mississippi Regional Center in Long Beach repay the state $424,000 for improper payments to employees. The Sun Herald reports the auditor has also turned the case over to the district attorney. Last year, the Mississippi Department of Mental Health and State Auditor’s Office launched an ...

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Housing organization's funding cuts could cost police jobs

NATCHEZ — Dramatic funding cuts for the Natchez Housing Authority have caused the authority to cut spending, which could include $60,000 for salaries of two Natchez police officers. Director Alan Ingram tells The Natchez Democrat the authority has paid the city $60,000 for several years for two extra patrol officers to provide security at the properties it operates. Ingram said ...

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Supervisors approve pre-audit spending freeze

ADAMS COUNTY — The Adams County Board of Supervisors has agreed to implement a non-necessity spending freeze for all county departments effective July 1. But the board members were quick to emphasize that it wasn’t because the county is operating in a hole. Instead, president Darryl Grennell tells The Natchez Democrat it was to ensure no invoices are outstanding when ...

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Capital City residents to pay more taxes to support schools

JACKSON — Jackson residents will soon pay more in taxes supporting the city’s school district. When 81 percent of voters in 2006 approved a $150 million bond issue to build more schools and improve others, it meant they were willing to have property taxes raised to pay that debt. But city leaders didn’t raise taxes accordingly, and the school district ...

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Legislature passes first versions of budget bills

JACKSON — Mississippi legislators are starting to pass the first versions of budget bills for the year that begins July 1, but much of what they’re approving now is likely to change during the next several weeks. The House and Senate face a late-April deadline to allocate money for everything from schools to prisons. Top lawmakers say the state will ...

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Gathering at Capitol asks for more money for two-year colleges

JACKSON — About 100 community college students, teachers and administrators gathered at the state Capitol yesterday to ask Mississippi legislators for more money to meet the needs of a student population that has grown as the economy has struggled. Wearing green t-shirts that played off the “Survivor” TV show logo, students enrolled in some of the state’s 15 community colleges ...

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AP analysis shows schools' reserves, impact of proposed cuts

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Gov. Phil Bryant wants to cut funding to local public schools in grades kindergarten through 12 by 3.7 percent, an amount equal to almost $150 per student. He wants the districts to make up the reductions by tapping their reserve savings. The state’s 152 districts had more than $450 million in the bank on Dec. 31. But ...

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Analysis: School districts might not be able to cover budget cuts

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — At least 18 of 152 Mississippi school districts might not have enough money to cover a cut in state funding, an Associated Press analysis finds. Those districts could be forced to borrow money, cut services or raise taxes to make up the difference. That includes districts considered poor, such as Shaw in Bolivar County, and affluent ones ...

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City's transit system shuts down for lack of funding

MERIDIAN — Meridian’s transmit system has shut down leaving the city scurrying to meet the needs of people who relied on the buses to get around. Kirk Thompson, executive adviser to Mayor Cheri Barry, said the city hopes to get some bus service in Meridian. Meridian Transit System board president Bo Hawkins said the decision to cease operations was the ...

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