Bay adopts 2017 tax levies
By Cassandra Favre
Sep 9, 2017, 00:40
Bay St. Louis Mayor Mike Favre reads a proclamation declaring Sept. 5 as ASGARD Motorcycle Club Day for their work with organizations such as the multiple sclerosis society, Hancock County Boys and Girls Club and Toys for Tots.
The Bay St. Louis City Council on Tuesday hosted a public hearing and set the tax levies for the FY 2017.
Bay St. Louis Mayor Mike Favre discussed some of the highlights from this year's proposed $8.9 million general fund budget. This year's proposed budget includes additional personnel in public works and utilities, and the police department, which includes an assistant police chief and one more patrol officer, Favre said. A total of six new positions, he added.
Favre said there is also $50,000 from utilities and $50,000 from the general fund budgeted to purchase new equipment.
There is also $71,000 allotted for the Katrina Recovery Program on Beach Boulevard, Favre said.
That will close out the FEMA projects, Councilman Doug Seal said.
There is a budgeted $.37 merit-based raised for employees, Favre said.
Two mils are dedicated to road and bridge, he added.
The proposed budget also includes a $10 reduction on the $13 charge on the utility bill. The $3 will generate about $125,000 or one mil, Favre said.
The council adopted a resolution setting this year's tax levies: General fund for 21.70 mills; 2.12 mills for the library; 2 mills for road and bridge; .93 mills for debt service for a total of 26.75 mills for the city. The school district mills are 47.51, for a total of 74.26 mills.
The council is expected to adopt the proposed budget during its recessed meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 5:30 p.m.