Alcorn approves budget with no tax increase

CORINTH – Alcorn County supervisors approved the county’s fiscal year 2012 budget on Friday which reflects no increase in ad valorem taxes for county residents.
A public hearing on the budget is set for 9 a.m. Sept. 15.
With the school district keeping its budget request level at 52.76 mills and the county holding to 53 mills for general operations, the ad valorem tax will remain at 105.76 mills.
The ad valorem tax affects taxes on homes, auto tags, utilities, business fixtures and equipment and the rental of real property.
A slight increase in the value of real property in Alcorn County upped the value of a county mill slightly for FY 2012, from $163,344 to $169,642, requiring slightly less millage to generate the same revenue on a total county budget of about $19 million.
With closing of the Quad Graphics plant late last year, revenue for general county operations for the coming fiscal year is projected to be down about $240,000.
Although the regional jail has been brought online and is expected to generate revenue in the future, until all county services that will become part of the new justice center are in place, the total cost of operations for the facility are still estimates. Meantime, the facility is operating on start-up money included in the construction bond.
During several budget work sessions supervisors considered county department needs as well as outside agency requests, with outside agencies generally receiving level funding for the next fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

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