LUMBERTON, MS (WDAM) - On the day of the mayor's arrest the Lumberton Alderman met and voted to approve 1.28 million dollar budget and set the ad valorum tax levy at 48.49 mills.
Due to a decrease in tax revenue several cuts had to be made across all departments, however fortunately no jobs were lost and salaries were not affected. The board was able to not raise the millage meaning taxes will not increase for the residents.
"We cut out all the fat that we could. So we can just hold fast where we are and then we are just marking the city," said Tim Johnson, Alderman. "If we can get businesses to come back in this place, if we can get citizens behind us and speaking positive towards that, we are going to do all we can to bring back the city."
Johnson said he didn't want to comment on the Mayor's arrest because he didn't have all the facts.