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While Oktibbeha County supervisors wonâ€™t say they are considering raising taxes again this year, theyâ€™re not saying theyâ€™re not, either.
â€śWeâ€™re not taking any options off the table,â€ť said District 3 Supervisor and Board President Marvell Howard.
The county governmentâ€™s budget has deflated from holes in several areas from this yearâ€™s projected assets, which were based on those of previous years.
According to reports from comptroller Emily Garrard, the countyâ€™s gas severance tax was nearly cut in half from its projected $500,000.
â€śYears ago, it was not uncommon for us to receive $600,000 or $700,000,â€ť she said.
The state has also cut back on homestead reimbursement, giving the county only 80 percent of its original $401,750 compensation.
And while the state previously helped the county pay for local prisonersâ€™ medical assistance, itâ€™s now only reimbursing Medicaid rates.
Therefore, the county will have to pay 100 percent of the medical expenses for inmates who have not yet been to court.
A continual problem due to the nationwide recession, the county has not received additional interest income, as it has not purchased a certificate of deposit (CD) since September of 2007.
Garrard, who makes calls every month, says current CD interest rates are around 2 percent, while they used to be around 5 percent.
The board has to adopt the budget on Sept. 15 and will meet again this Monday.
Then, they will schedule a public hearing to take place in the evening, when they expect to present the budget to local citizens with visual aids provided by the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District.
â€śAnything is possible for right now,â€ť Howard said regarding the boardâ€™s decisions on the budget.