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No tax increase in Biloxi this year, but several budget cuts

Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says it’s safe to say there won’t be any tax increase in the budget year that starts Oct. 1, but finances will be tight.

On Tuesday, the police and fire departments cut about $800,000 from their budgets. On Thursday, Parks and Recreation Director Sherry Bell said she reduced her budget by $216,000, mostly by cutting 20 temporary workers.

The Community Development budget will increase by about $198,000 next year because the utility bills and maintenance for the Biloxi Civic Center were moved from Parks and Recreation to director Jerry Creel’s department.

On the plus side, Gilich tells The Sun Herald $4.1 million from the BP settlement went to creating a fund that paid off bonds with the highest interest.



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