Lee County board passes $20.3M budget

TUPELO – Lee County supervisors Wednesday unanimously adopted a $20.3 million general fund budget for the upcoming fiscal year – an increase of about $100,000 over the current fiscal year.
“It’s flat,” said County Administrator Sean Thompson.
The plan, which goes into effect Oct. 1, calls for no new county government taxes. The Nettleton School District, however, did raise its rate by 3.42 mills. Lee County and Tupelo schools’ rates stayed the same.
The county’s general fund budget covers overall operating expenses, including administration, courts, public safety, libraries, conservation and economic development.
Road and bridge maintenance is paid for through a separate fund, which was set at $8 million this year.
Supervisors also approved a 2.1 percent increase in personnel expenses. The money can be spent on pay raises to offset a roughly 2 percent increase in employee-paid retirement fund contributions taking effect this year.
But department heads have control over how to spend that money, Thompson said.
Some department heads might get raises, pending board approval. Although it’s still tentative, Thompson said the board could vote on salary increases for a few key positions late next week.
He declined to say which positions.

Contact Emily Le Coz at (662) 678-1588 or emily.lecoz@djournal.com.

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