Hattiesburg prepares to vote on budget and tax increase

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Hattiesburg city council is set to vote on the approval of a budget Wednesday afternoon and the biggest question is will a tax increase come with it.

As part of the nearly $47 million budget, the school district is requesting a tax increase, of 3.25 mills, in hopes of generating more than $16 million to offset budget cuts.

Council president Kim Bradley, who already stated he was against it, declined to comment on the potential increase, but does say his biggest disappointment is not having more money to finish infrastructure projects.

Overall, Bradley says the city's financial road shouldn't come to a dead end.

"I think there's a lot of governments, municipal government and state governments that really are facing some difficult times. We had some tough choices, but there's nothing that's going to affect people's services," said Bradley.

That meeting is set to begin for 4pm Wednesday inside the council chambers at city hall.

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