Alcorn County anticipates no millage increase

By Lena Mitchell
Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – The Alcorn County board will submit a Fiscal Year 2014 budget for public consideration next month that is somewhat higher than last year, but no tax increase is proposed.

Supervisors are proposing a budget of $6,622,999 for county operations in 2013-2014, compared with a budget of $6,481,489 for 2012-2013. The budget year runs Oct. 1-Sept. 30.

Officials have largely held allocations for county departments and outside agencies to the same level as last year, amounts which were cut by 2 percent from the year before. However, they are considering possible raises for some administrative employees who haven’t had raises for several years.

Among the departments proposed for budget increases are the tax collector’s office, where the county’s mainframe computer server is housed.

The court that handles competency hearings also received a higher allocation due to the increasing number of cases. The veterans service office allocation also was increased to handle a steadily increasing caseload, a wider range of benefits for which they can file for clients, and the increased volume of paperwork.

The only outside agency approved for a slight increase is S.A.F.E. Inc., the shelter for abused and battered women and families.

The allocation for the Corinth-Alcorn Animal Shelter was cut, partly because of concerns it wasn’t accepting all the animals that it should.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com