By Jeff Daley – email
HATTIESBURG MS (WDAM) - The Hattiesburg School Board met Tuesday evening and voted to approve an amended budget that could lead to increased property taxes for city residents.
The board also adopted a resolution to send to the Hattiesburg City Council for an increase in the advalorem taxes to help make up for shortfalls in the budget caused by millage rates being set to low by the city in the previous year and state budget cuts to education.
It is not known as of yet how much taxes will need to go up, but it's been estimated the increase will be about 3.25 mill. An increase of this size would raise property taxes on a home valued at $200,000 about $60.00 a year.
"we don't know exactly how much the millage rate would be set because that's based on the property value of the entire City of Hattiesburg." The city won't have that data for about a month," said Jason Smith, Communication Director, Hattiesburg Schools. " So what this thing we are doing now today is basically an estimate that the increase in millage is just an estimate based on what the district needs dollars wise to have the budget and to conduct the education that we need all year long."
Even with an increase in taxes and the amended budget, a shortfall of more than $300,000 is still expected in the coming year.