Hattiesburg prepares to adopt budget

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - City leaders in Hattiesburg are looking at an upcoming budget with about $7 million less than last year in the general fund.

Monday evening the city focused on how the numbers are expected to look. Chief financial officer Connie Everett sales the budget is lower overall because sales tax revenues are less. Short and long term concerns include the declining cash balance, maintaining aging equipment and repairing infrastructure.

To make every dollar count the city may look at a hiring freeze, refinance debts and requiring city employees to use direct deposit for payroll.

"We're looking at every avenue of trying to save small dollars, not just big dollars, small dollars wherever we can," said Everett.

City leaders also looked briefly at the city's current tax levy and how the school district's proposal for a 3.25 mill increase would have an affect. No action was taken.

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