Corinth ponders small raises, no tax increase

town_corinth_greenBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – With line item details yet to be finalized, Corinth officials hope to give city employees a slight raise without any increase in taxes.

City Clerk Vickie Roach said following a recent second budget work session that she still has some numbers to plug in once she receives final budget requests from some remaining department heads, but all requests will be aligned with the city’s projected revenue.

The city board proposes to keep the ad valorem tax rate at its current level of 95 mills, which also means no increase in the tax rate for city schools.

A public hearing on the fiscal year 2015 budget is set for 5 p.m. Tuesday before the regular city board meeting.

Outside agency funding requests approved Thursday include:

• Corinth-Alcorn County Airport: Approved $110,000, a one-time increase from last year’s $75,000.

• Verandah-Curlee House Museum: Approved $35,000, a one-time increase from last year’s $13,000.

• Main Street Corinth: Approved $20,000, the same as last year.

• Crossroads Museum: $12,000, same as last year.

• The Alliance: $80,000, same as last year.

• Corinth-Alcorn Animal Shelter: $70,000, same as last year.

• Keep Corinth-Alcorn Beautiful: $4,000, same as last year.

• C.A.R.E. Garden: $9,000, same as last year.

• Alcorn County Soil and Water Conservation: $5,850, same as last year.

• Alcorn County Health Department: $1,000, same as last year.

• Veterans Service Center: $1,620, same as last year

• American Red Cross: $3,000, new this year.

A date will be set following Tuesday’s budget hearing for adoption of a final budget.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com