Petal to vote on new fiscal budget with no tax increase

Petal to vote on new fiscal budget with no tax increase

PETAL, MS (WDAM) - Petal residents will not see their city taxes increase this year.

Next Thursday, the Board of Aldermen will vote on the city's proposed budget for fiscal 2017.

It does not include a tax increase.

Mayor Hal Marx said it will have $7.6 million in the general fund, nearly a half million dollars more than last year.

He said just over $4 million will be spent on public safety.

Marx said police will get new protective gear and the fire department will get a new vehicle for battalion chiefs.

He said the budget could also be amended later this year for some road projects.

"This is probably the largest budget I've had to work with, which is a sign of growth in our revenue," said Marx. "Our revenues have been growing, because of growth in our sales tax and our property values have been increasing, as people build new houses and businesses."

Petal city taxes have not increased in 11 years.