Budget announced for Forrest County, taxes increase - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Budget announced for Forrest County, taxes increase

2017 Forrest County budget announced. Photo Credit WDAM 2017 Forrest County budget announced. Photo Credit WDAM
FORREST COUNTY (WDAM) -

The Forrest County Board of Supervisors met Tuesday morning and approved a $66 million budget for the 2017 fiscal year.

President David Hogan called it the “largest budget ever."

“We were involved in a federal lawsuit that settled, and with that Forrest County citizens had to pay $5.4 million dollars to settle that lawsuit.” Hogan said. “We were prepared to borrow the money to settle that suit, but state law does not allow for that, so we had to take the money out of our carry over budget and that basically depleted all of the reserves that we had."

After making the prediction last week, it was confirmed at the meeting that the county will see approximately a tax increase of  "a $14.00 increase per $100 thousand of value." 

The settlement equals the amount owed to the families of the three men who were wrongfully convicted of rape and murder in 1979, but the board would not confirm the source of the settlement. 

Copyright 2016 WDAM. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Charges filed against student who made threats against Petal schools

    Charges filed against student who made threats against Petal schools

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 10:09 PM EST2018-02-21 03:09:41 GMT
    Student responsible for threat charged. (Photo source: WDAM)Student responsible for threat charged. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Petal schools have found the middle school student responsible for making dangerous threats on social media to harm students. That student has been charged. 

    More >>

    Petal schools have found the middle school student responsible for making dangerous threats on social media to harm students. That student has been charged. 

    More >>
  • First female American Legion national commander visits Hattiesburg

    First female American Legion national commander visits Hattiesburg

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 9:56 PM EST2018-02-21 02:56:49 GMT
    Denise Rohan became the American Legion's first female national commander in August, 2017. Photo credit WDAM.Denise Rohan became the American Legion's first female national commander in August, 2017. Photo credit WDAM.

    The American Legion's first female national commander visited Hattiesburg Tuesday night.  Denise Rohan met veterans and attended a dinner at the American Legion Post 24. She became the organization's first female commander back in August. Next week, she'll speak to congressional leaders in Washington.  "I get to testify next Wednesday, in front of a joint session of the Veterans Affairs Committee and talk to them about what we need and what we do for the commun...

    More >>

    The American Legion's first female national commander visited Hattiesburg Tuesday night.  Denise Rohan met veterans and attended a dinner at the American Legion Post 24. She became the organization's first female commander back in August. Next week, she'll speak to congressional leaders in Washington.  "I get to testify next Wednesday, in front of a joint session of the Veterans Affairs Committee and talk to them about what we need and what we do for the commun...

    More >>
  • One person injured in five-car crash in Hattiesburg

    One person injured in five-car crash in Hattiesburg

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 9:43 PM EST2018-02-21 02:43:15 GMT
    Hattiesburg Police work an accident involving five vehicles on Highway 49 near the USM campus Tuesday night. Photo credit WDAM.Hattiesburg Police work an accident involving five vehicles on Highway 49 near the USM campus Tuesday night. Photo credit WDAM.

    One person was transported to the hospital with minor injuries after a crash involving five vehicles in Hattiesburg Tuesday night.  The wreck happened around 6:30 p.m., in the southbound lane of Highway 49, just north of the Hardy Street intersection.  Hattiesburg Police officials said one of the vehicles involved was an 18-wheeler.  Copyright 2018 WDAM. All rights reserved.       

    More >>

    One person was transported to the hospital with minor injuries after a crash involving five vehicles in Hattiesburg Tuesday night.  The wreck happened around 6:30 p.m., in the southbound lane of Highway 49, just north of the Hardy Street intersection.  Hattiesburg Police officials said one of the vehicles involved was an 18-wheeler.  Copyright 2018 WDAM. All rights reserved.       

    More >>
Powered by Frankly