Supes approve proposed budget and tax levies

From left: President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership Scott Maynard, District 3 Supervisor Marvell Howard and Vice President of the Board of Supervisors and District 1 Supervisor John Montgomery discuss providing a sign to designate public parking around the courthouse from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. during its meeting on Tuesday. (Photo by Logan Kirkland, SDN)
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LOGAN KIRLAND
Staff Writer

The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors approved to increase ad valorem tax millage rates from 121.74 mills to 123.57 mills for the next fiscal year.
Oktibbeha County is now operating with a total budget revenue of $90,290,741.

The revenue the county obtains from ad valorem taxes is $41,093,398 or 45.51 percent.
The increase means residents will pay more in ad valorem taxes on their home, automobile tags, business fixtures and equipment and rental property.
“I think that the increase is reasonable based on considering all the other things going on,” President of the Board of Supervisors and District 2 Supervisor Orlando Trainer said. “Our county is growing so fast we can’t keep up with it."


Trainer said he would prefer to stay in the situation the county currently is in with its growth.

He said if there weren’t any other installments like the industrial park and the road improvement projects in their plans, it would be much harder to implement this increase.

Trainer said with any increase he wants to ”stay as close to it as possible” in referring to the millage rates.

The main expense the county faces in its budget is the debt service from the industrial park bond and road project bonds. 

In this budget, the board was able to award almost every organization funds for operations as well as increased pay for employees. In the end, the county reported $16,732,000 of new growth over the last fiscal year.

“The average person looks at what they are paying in,” Trainer said. “They don’t have a good concept of how that equates to the entire piece of the puzzle.”

Overall, Trainer is pleased with the budget he describes as both a conservative and aggressive budget, which allows the board to move forward with its current plans and projects.

The next meeting will take place at 9 a.m. on Monday, Sept.18.

OTHER BUSINESS

•The board approved the justice Court and constable redistricting, which will alleviate split precincts in North Starkville 2, West Starkville and North Longview.

•Construction on the bridge on Moor High Road is underway. The construction on the bridge could take up to five weeks to complete.

•The board was presented with the 2017 industrial park bond bids. The lowest bid came from Regions Bank. The other bid came from Texas Capital Bank. The board approved the recommendation to receive Regions Bank’s bid. The recommendation passed unanimously. 

•County Road Manager Fred Hal Baggett presented the board with new equipment, which could double the work performance of county workers. The new equipment would also be safer for the workers operating the machinery.

•County Engineer Clyde Pritchard presented the board with the finalized road improvement contracts.

•Workers and flagmen will be present with signage on Thursday and Friday on Bluefield Road. The road will be closed for through traffic. Residents living in the area are still able to utilize the road. 

•Starkville Main Street Association would like to place a sign saying when residents can park in the courthouse parking lot. The sign will say residents can park in the area from 5 p.m. until 7 a.m. The current sign says there is no public parking. The board agreed on the signage with the inclusion if cars are not removed after the designated time they will be removed at the cost of the citizen.

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