The Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors has formed a proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts October 1.
The budget is set around 50-plus million dollars, which is near the same as last year's. Taxes will remain the same, as the board decided not to raise the ad valorem tax millage rate for 2014. Supervisors were forced to make some budget cuts to departments to prevent a tax increase.
"We cut some departments. We really did, it was painful, but we just had to do it," said District 1 Supervisor Hank Florey.
"There is no fat in it, we are just trying to continue to hold taxes down and bring about a better quality of life for the people that we are serving as well," said District 4 Supervisor Joe Norwood.
A public hearing for the new budget will be held September 9 at 5:30 PM. Any citizen of Lauderdale County will be allowed to speak on the matter before a vote is taken on the budget on September 12.