Public Hearing Held for Lauderdale County's Budget

Meridian, Miss. The Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors hosted a public hearing on the county's budget for the upcoming fiscal year on Monday.

Citizens could speak out about concerns they had on the budget. Lauderdale County supervisors are not raising taxes on residents with the tax rate staying at 56.7 mills. Most departments stayed the same as last year. The Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department received budget increases from last year along with mandatory increases for public employees retirement. The extra money in the budget came from an increase in value in the public utility roll.

"What we've done for the last four years is we've tried to spend less than we take in, in order to build up our reserves and we've been able to do that, and you know just in anticipation. you don't know which way the economy is going to turn. We want to make sure we have enough adequate cash to take a hit," said Lauderdale County Administrator Joe McCraney.

The board will vote to accept and adopt the budget on September 12th at 2 PM.