Aldermen approve proposed budget

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Poplarville’s Board of Aldermen held a public hearing concerning the proposed 2019-2020 budget during Tuesday’s meeting.

No members of the public commented during the public hearing. The hearing was only open for three minutes, but the Board did open the doors and check the parking lot outside the building to see if any members of the public were waiting outside.

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In the preliminary budget, the millage rate will remain the same as the previous year at 54.5, said City Clerk Jane O’Neal. The proposed 2019-2020 budget includes $2.7 million in the general fund, $137,084 in the debt service fund for general obligation bonds, $40,886 in the debt service fund for TIF bonds, $10,883 in the police forfeiture fund, $1.2 million in the new capital projects fund for street repairs and drainage, $500,000 in the College Square TIF bond capital projects fund and $1.1 million in the water fund. The total proposed budget is $5.8 million.

In a separate matter, the Board heard a presentation about the 2017-2018 audit report from Jabe Mills of Topp, McWhorter, Harvey, PLLC. Mills said the audit found significantly fewer issues than the prior year. There were no material weaknesses identified, no significant deficiencies noted and no noncompliance issues noted, Mills said.

Mayor Rossie Creel said the audit is a “testament to the folks that run this city on a daily basis,” including the city’s department heads.

In other business the Board:

—Set a date for a final budget workshop for the 2019-2020 fiscal year on Wednesday, August 28, at 5 p.m., to allow reconsideration of some budget items for the public works department.

—Authorized hiring Jason Bannister as a part time firefighter at the rate of $10 an hour, and hiring Damon Carr as a part time police officer at the rate of $13 an hour, both effective Wednesday.

—Declared a Kubota ZD-326 mower as surplus and approved trading in the mower toward the purchase of a new one.

The next Board meeting will be September 3 at 5 p.m. in City Hall.