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Adams County board boosts budget for employees pay raises
from Staff Reports - NEWS
September 16, 2017 -

By John Mott Coffey

NATCHEZ, Miss. – Adams County government in the coming year will be spending about $1 million more than this past year, with much of the increase going to higher salaries and the new emergency-dispatching system.

The county Board of Supervisors is budgeting $28.6 million for the fiscal year that starts in October. That’s up from the $27.4 million of the past 12 months.

About $350,000 is being provided for pay raises to most of county government’s 230 employees, said Adams County Administrator Joe Murray. The increase averages 5 percent.

Murray said another increase in the county’s overall spending includes $590,000 for the E-911 emergency-calling system that Adams County and Natchez have consolidated to bring their dispatchers into one location. This is to better coordinate and quickly summon police, firefighters and ambulance crews. Consolidation was prompted by complaints about delays in responding to local E-911 calls.

The board is not imposing a general tax increase on Adams County propertyowners, but many houses, commercial structures and other land holdings have been reappraised to increase their value that increases their taxes. This is generating an extra $631,000 or so for the county coffers.

Another notable source of increased revenue is about $300,000 that the new von Drehle paper plant is paying the county in lieu of taxes.
The new budget of expected revenues and expenditures totaling more than $28 million is a well-calculated guess that’s subject to changes during the year.

One question mark for the county is whether it’ll get more federal funds to complete the Belwood levee currently being built. While money from Washington has been provided for the construction’s first phase, more is needed for the next phase, said county board President Mike Lazarus. The levee is being built to protect flood-prone land by the Mississippi River that the county is trying to lure industries to locate on. | © 2014 | All Rights Reserved
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