No tax increase for Lamar County residents in fiscal 2017

No tax increase for Lamar County residents in fiscal 2017

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The Lamar County Board of Supervisors Tuesday adopted the county's budget for 2017 and the good news for taxpayers is that they will not see a tax increase this fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.

The budget of just over $39.4 million is a 3.86 percent increase over fiscal year 2016.

Highlights of the general county budget include an increase in public safety to provide 24-hour medical coverage for the county jail, a new contract for ambulance service that will provide more ambulances and a new senior center in Lumberton.

"It's my 13th year, my 13th budget and no millage increases," said Dale Lucus, District Five supervisor and vice president of the Board of Supervisors. "This Board is very proud of that accomplishment."

This is the 16th consecutive year that supervisors have not raised millage.