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Supervisors Adopt County Budget

By David Howell

COFFEEVILLE–Yalobusha supervisors approved a budget for the new fiscal year that changed little from the current year. The budget adoption came during a recessed meeting last Friday at the Coffeeville courthouse.
    The $7,599,931 budget for fiscal year 2013-2014 was up a little under $60,000 over the current fiscal year.   Of that amount, roughly $37,000 comes from mandated increases and includes pay raises for some county officials, plus increases in insurance and retirement costs.
    With flat revenue, supervisors tapped reserves for just under $60,000 to balance the budget instead of increasing the millage rate for the county.  This means the county-wide millage rate will remain the same at 86.51 mills in the 2013-14 fiscal year, the same as the 2012-13 fiscal year.
    Taxes will decrease for the Water Valley School District after school officials asked for a decrease in funding which results in a net decrease of 5.83 mills. School officials in the Coffeeville School District asked for a slight increase in funding, and taxpayers will see an increase of 1.05 mills.
Clean Financial Bill Of Health
    While money in the county’s reserves were used to prop up the coming year’s budget, county officials received a good financial report during the meeting.
    The news came during discussion of the 2012 audit  report presented by Tom Windham.
    “We don’t have any findings,” Windham told county officials.
    He praised county officials for cooperating during the annual audit his firm, Windham and Lacey, PLLC, conducted.
    “I want to tell you how easy it is to work with all your staff. This is a good county, a lot of (counties) them aren’t quite so forthcoming with their records. A lot of them don’t have as good records as this county,” Windham said.
    His comment brought praise from Board President Tommy Vaughn for the hard working county employees who serve the citizens of Yalobusha.
    Just a few minutes later in the meeting North Central Planning and Development  representative Tony Green shared similar sentiments with the board.
    Green is the number-cruncher for NCPDD and was on hand to answer questions about the budget during the public hearing in case citizens needed answers. Although the meeting had been advertised in both newspaper in the county per state law, no one attended the hearing.
    “This is a good county, financially sound, good records and a good staff to work with,” Green told supervisors.

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