Tax hikes set to be OK'd today

Both Starkville and Oktibbeha County government leaders are expected to approve increases in resident property taxes in approving the respective budgets for both entities today.
The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors will meet today at 10 a.m. to adopt its budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year.
The supervisor are expected to raise property taxes by nearly 5 mills, 60 percent of which will be the result of a bond issue for the latest expansion and renovation project at the OCH Regional Medical Center.
The meeting will take place on the second floor of the Oktibbeha County Courthouse on Main Street.
The Starkville Board of Aldermen also will meet today at 5:30 p.m. to adopt the 2010-2011 municipal budget, in which aldermen have planned a .45-mill tax increase, creating a total levy of 20 mills for the municipal government.
The meeting will take place in the City Hall courtroom on Lampkin Street.
Other items are on the agenda for the Board of Aldermen, which can be downloaded from the city’s website at
The agenda is subject to amendment by the aldermen at the outset of this evening’s meeting.