HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Hattiesburg School Board is taking the City of Hattiesburg to court over the Council's decision last week not to give city schools an extra $600,000 to fund education this year. Tonight, the Board announced its plans to appeal the City Council's decision in Forrest County Circuit Court.
Last Wednesday, the Council voted to fund city school's at last year's level, rather than raise property taxes to cover the additional funds the district wanted. Board president Reverend Marcus Cathey says the School Board was forced to take action.
"The City Council has one responsibility and that is to be the levying authority, to make sure the funds that the district requests come in to a certain amount, no more than 55 mills, and our request did not supercede that," Cathey said. "And so, we were within the rights of the law to make the request and we clearly think that the City Council is overstepping its bounds," Cathey said.
Cathey says the appeal will likely be filed Friday.