Supervisors approve $19M budget for ’22
The Board of Supervisors adopted a $19 million 2022 budget during their regular meeting last week.
Supervisors held a public hearing during their Tuesday, Sept. 7, meeting before the budget vote. The new budget will go into effect on Oct. 1.
“We have an adopted budget,” said County Administrator Jeff Mayo. “It was the same as the one that was proposed. There were no changes.”
Supervisors have budgeted to spend $19,087,998, an increase of $3,697,958 in the Fiscal Year. Of that, they propose spending $8,405,425 for the general fund, a $369,572 increase when compared to the current fiscal year.
The functions of government are funded in the general fund, and supervisors received $8,621,575 in requests.
The last year’s general fund millage rate inside the city of Philadelphia is 58.8, and 60.8 outside the city limits. That will not change. The extra 2 mills for county residents are for fire protection. Currently, a general mill produces around $160,000, depending in which district one lives. It is expected to remain the same for Fiscal Year 2022, which begins Oct. 1.
The school district’s share in funding the Philadelphia-Neshoba Vocational Technical Center is $281,761.
The Union Public School District is getting $456,793.That includes $444,188 for the operation and maintenance of the district and $12,605 for debt service. The current millage is set at 54.8 and a millage decrease is expected.
One mill is equal to $1 per $1,000 of a property’s assessed value.
The budget includes $2.5 million in American Rescue Act funds but there are no concrete plans for spending that money, said Jeff Mayo Neshoba County administrator.
Mayo said there has been discussion of improvements such as HVAC, ventilation improvements and adding touchless fixtures for county facilities but not definite spending plans yet.
“I don’t know if all of that funding will be spent during the fiscal year because we have until 2024,” Mayo said. “We have to do lost revenue every year up to then so there is no guarantee but depending on what the costs come back for the various projects will actually be when it is spent.”
The county received the $2.5 million in August as the first payment in the county’s total $5.6 million as part of the federal government’s $1.9 trillion federal American Rescue Act funds allocated by Congress in March to help local governments recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The county is also expected to receive another $2.5 million next year.