DeSoto County taxpayers will not experience a tax increase this year, following action by the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
"We've not had a tax increase in 14 years---I think that is a record," DeSoto County Supervisor Lee Caldwell, who represents District 4, said following the unanimous 5-0 vote on the county's budget.
Additionally, supervisors gave department heads the discretion of handing out up to two-percent merit raises based on job performance.
"Some might get two-percent, some might get one-percent, it's at the discretion of that department head," Caldwell said.
There are more than 650 employees in DeSoto County government.
An emphasis was placed on public safety, according to information provided by DeSoto County government.
Volunteer fire departments in the county will see an increase of $300,000 in an effort to encourage daytime support and recruit and retain volunteers.
The Sheriff’s Department received a $1.05 million budget increase and the County Emergency Management Agency, or EMA, will see an increase in staff and a new training classroom.
The proposed budget supervisors considered had total revenues for Fiscal Year 2018 at more than $50.749 million, an increase of nearly $2 million from the current county budget.
Robert Lee Long is Community Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 662-429-6397 ext. 252.