Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Supervisors Set 2017-2018 Budget Amidst Revenue Concerns

The Winston County government budget for the tax year 2017-2018 was set on Monday morning,
August 28th by the Winston County Board of Supervisors. The budget featured a 1-mil increase in the County's levy against ad valorem taxes. The previous mil levy was 43.15 mils and the mil levy for the upcoming year was set at 44.15 mils. The one mil increase included a 0.25 of a mil increase for the East Central Community College and a 0.75 increase for common county expenditures.

 Actual changes in tax dollars will vary by property depending upon its valuation and the nature of that property. Owners of farm and timberland can expect a greater increase due to increased valuations established at the state level for the upcoming year.

Still to be determined is the tax status of the Winston Plywood Facility. The county is still waiting on a final decision from the state through the Mississippi Development Authority concerning a fee in lieu of taxes that would provide some revenue to the county and the City of Louisville as well as the Louisville Municipal School District.

If a fee in lieu status cannot be established, the city and county would receive no revenue from the plant due to its tax-exempt status but the Louisville Municipal School District would receive tax revenue based upon its applied millage.

Supervisors had several areas of concern due to loss of state revenue from budget cuts for a multitude of items including the local library system. Cuts in funding at the state level require local governments to make up the difference or cut budgets.  The County is also faced with  an upcoming contract renewal with the Ms. Department of Corrections (MDOC) for housing state prisoners at the Winston Choctaw County Regional Correctional Facility. Per diem rates paid by the MDOC are expected to be cut which may force WCCRCF to operate in the red.