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Fulton millage stays steady for three decades

The Fulton Board of Aldermen recently approved the city’s budget for the 2014 fiscal year, marking the city’s 30th year without a millage increase. The city’s 2013-2014 budget, approved in late September, maintains the previous millage rate of 31. The value of each mill is set at approximately $28,000. The $10.4 million budget, which City […]

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Supervisors approve bigger budget with few changes

The Itawamba County Board of Supervisors has approved a budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year, which includes a five percent tax increase for residents. Last week, supervisors voted their approval of an ad valorem millage rate of 58.5 mills and a school millage rate of 60.9 mills. Both of these rates represented an increase from […]

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Supervisors listen to concerns about tax increase

During a special public hearing last week, Itawamba County supervisors fielded concerns about a then-proposed increase to the county’s taxes. About a dozen people attended the forum, most of whom weren’t so much concerned about this year’s increase, but future increases. In the proposed budget, which as of press deadline had not received final approval […]

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County to host public meeting regarding tax increase

County supervisors will be hosting a public hearing to address concerns over a proposed countywide tax increase. Scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 9 a.m. in the county boardroom, the meeting will allow members of the public to discuss the proposed two-percent increase to the county’s ad valorem taxes. Currently, ad valorem taxes — those […]

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Unpaid garbage bills continue to vex county supervisors

Unpaid garbage bills and high equipment maintenance costs continue to concern county leaders, leading to questions about the future of the local sanitation department. During one of their regular meetings, the Itawamba County Board of Supervisors met with the head of the county’s sanitation department, Richard Johnson, to discuss the need for a new garbage […]

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Board ponders public defender position

Supervisors are considering hiring a second public defender; counter-intuitive as it might seem, it’s a move that could save the county money. Currently, the county employs Fulton attorney Lori Nail Basham as its public defender at a salary of $3,500 per month, or $42,000 a year, plus benefits. Basham also receives additional pay for serving […]

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Fulton budget amended by $67K

• Fulton officials recently shuffled some of the city’s finances in order to cover unexpected expenses. Halfway through the fiscal year, Fulton’s budget is looking good, despite a few unexpected expenses. During their recent board meeting, city officials voted to amend the county’s $10.01 million budget to cover more than $33,000 in unexpected expenses. These […]

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Fulton bond refund saves $1.41million

• The money will be reinvested in the city’s infrastructure. Fulton has finished refunding a collection of USDA Rural Development bonds, opening up more than $1 million in funds for potential improvements to the city’s infrastructure. Attorneys with Memphis-based law firm Duncan-Williams, Inc. recently completed refunding — basically the government bond version of refinancing — […]

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Fuel of the future: Could compressed natural gas be the next big fuel source

Although nearly non-existent in Mississippi, the number of municipalities and businesses converting their fleets of vehicles to run on compressed natural gas — CNG — is growing nationwide. It’s a move that has the potential to save thousands of dollars annually, although the price to convert is high. Compressed natural gas is, essentially, the very same […]

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Bond refund should save Fulton a bundle

• The board of aldermen have voted to refund seven USDA bonds, which should save the city more than $1 million in interest payments. Fulton is refunding its USDA Rural Development bonds, a move that should save taxpayers more than $1 million when all’s said and done. During last week’s regular meeting of the Fulton […]

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Constables ask supervisors to clarify comments

Some recent comments from Itawamba County’s supervisors have ruffled the feathers of the local constables. The county’s two constables — Reggie Johnson and Doug Lesley — appeared before the Itawamba County Board of Supervisors, Monday, to take issue with comments that appeared in an article in the Jan. 30 edition of The Itawamba County Times. […]

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County questions legality of bailiff’s pay

There’s some debate right now over whether or not the county can legally pay a local deputy $125. During their most recent meeting, the Itawamba County Board of Supervisors discussed money owed to an unnamed Itawamba deputy for two days worth of work as bailiff for the county’s justice court. Historically, the money has been […]

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The value of DARE — an investment

“This program is worth every penny spent on it,” said Itawamba County Sheriff Chris Dickinson of the anti-drug education program, DARE. It’s something that’s come into question lately. Within the past two years, the city of Fulton, Itawamba County and the local school district have all questioned their support of the program. It begs the […]

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