Northeast asks county for extra funds

CORINTH – The president of Northeast Mississippi Community College asked Alcorn County supervisors Monday to increase their allocation to the school for the upcoming fiscal year.
Dr. Johnny Allen, who is making similar requests to the other four counties served by the school, asked for an additional 1 mill in revenue, or about $205,000.
Allen told supervisors that the Legislature’s reduction in funding left the college with no other option to accommodate its steadily growing enrollment.
“I wish I knew the words to let you know how urgent it is,” Allen said. “It will make a huge difference to Alcorn Countians who are students at Northeast.”
All of the counties served by Northeast – Alcorn, Prentiss, Tippah, Tishomingo and Union – are being asked to increase their support by 1 mill, he said.
Student enrollment grew by about 300 this year over last year’s 4,488, Allen said. About 1,100 of them are Alcorn County residents, with about 500 students at the Corinth campus.
The school already receives 5 mills of support from Alcorn County.
The state’s cut to Northeast totaled about $1.2 million this year.
The board has scheduled a public hearing on its proposed 2010-11 budget, which includes a 3-mill property tax increase for the Alcorn County School District and a .47-mill reduction for the general county budget, a net tax increase to county residents of 2.53 mills.
“We understand how important this is,” said board President Gary Ross, referring to Allen’s request. “But we can’t pull money out of the air.”
Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.

Lena Mitchell / Daily Journal Corinth Bureau