HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - A property tax increase appears ahead
for Forrest County residents as county supervisors examine budget
issues related to plans for a new jail.
Supervisors plan a public hearing on the proposed 2008-09 budget
next month. Property taxes could increase by 2.97 mills, meaning
the total tax bill on a property assessed at $100,000 would
increase by $28.80 next year.
Board President Charles Mills says he expects to hear complaints
from taxpayers and he can understand that.
Sheriff Billy McGee says a rough cost estimate by the architect
designing the new law enforcement complex is $25 million to $30
Officials say the county is under a court order to build a jail
and attempts to find other funding sources have been unsuccessful.