Budget announced for Forrest County, taxes increase

Budget announced for Forrest County, taxes increase
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.