Lee County approves Fiscal Year 2013 budget

By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Lee County supervisors on Thursday adopted a $19.4 million general fund budget for the coming fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.
Although it’s less than last year’s budget of $20.4 million, it calls for no new taxes but does increase personnel spending by 3 percent.
“It’s a little misleading because it’s not for the same things it was last year,” said County Administrator Sean Thompson, explaining that some $740,000 in personnel expenses were removed from the general fund budget to their own separate budgets this year.
They cover employee costs in the Chancery Clerk, Circuit Clerk and District Attorney’s offices.
The general fund budget covers overall operating expenses, including administration, courts, public safety, libraries, conservation and economic development.
Not included are a host of other items and services, which have separate budgets. Among them are road and bridge repairs at $7.4 million, sanitation and garbage collection at $2.4 million and debt service at $2.2 million.
The county also allocates a portion of its tax dollars – totaling $7.8 million this coming fiscal year – to agencies like Itawamba Community College, Tombigbee River Valley Water Management District, the Community Development Foundation and several charities.
Altogether those expenses and others, coupled with the general fund budget, total $45.7 million.
The county’s millage rate is either 34.77 or 38.77, depending on where you live, which means the government collects $3.47 to $3.87 of taxes per every $1,000 of assessed property value.
One mill generates $715,055 for the county.
emily.lecoz@journalinc.com