Hattiesburg school board approves new budget

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Hattiesburg School Board has approved a new budget larger than last year's but doesn't officially include a request for new taxes...not yet.

The Board voted Thursday to approve a $58.1 million budget for the upcoming year.

That's a $1.7 million increase over last year.

To meet the new budget's demands, the Hattiesburg City Council could agree to an increase of up to 3.25 mills on property taxes. That would come after the School Board meets next month to approve a resolution on taxes that would be presented to the Council.

"What we're simply going to do is go back and to turn over every stone and to look and see if there's any way possible to do it without the tax increase and of course, we've got to do what we need to do, but we're going to just look at it and that decision will be made in August," said Reverend Marcus Cathey, president of the Hattiesburg School Board.

"We shouldn't be seeing increases in our taxes," said James Trussell, president of the Arcadia-Sunset Neighborhood Association who addressed the Board this evening. "We've asked the Board tonight to consider that," Trussell said.

The School Board is scheduled to meet again on August 10th.

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