COG: State budget cuts could trickle down

Published: Apr. 10, 2017 at 7:02 PM CDT
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Local legislative leaders met Monday to discuss how the decreased revenue collected by the state of Mississippi could affect things here at home. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant recently had to make another round of state budget cuts.

One of the main topics of discussion for the Council of Governments involved how it might affect public schools and homeowners in the city of Meridian and Lauderdale County.

"If you have a reduction in the state budget there's not enough revenue coming in. It might affect homestead reimbursement to the city which is a major part of income," said Meridian City Councilman Dr. George Thomas. "Any time a person has homestead exemption on their house then there's a partial reimbursement. That money comes back to local government and if the money isn't there at the state level then they can't make those reimbursements."

Thomas says his concern is how the state's budget will impact public schools.