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DeSoto County supervisors were hashing out the final details of the Fiscal Year 2018 county budget during this week’s meeting in Hernando. Board members approved a budget that does not include a property tax increase for the 14th consecutive year.

Robert Long|DTT

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 rlong@desototimestribune.com or at 662-429-6397 ext. 252.

(2) comments

sextonmark968

I noticed Desoto County land owners will not see a tax increase this year. I feel there should be an additional tax , say $15,000, imposed on worthless acreage that a crime victim does not wish to own. Persons in and employed by Desoto County have been using my identity to maintain 12.6 acres in unincorporated Nesbit, MS, for illegal drug activities for over a decade. That should be illegal.

One Citizen's Voice

It's not about setting records Lee, it's about justice and good government - as stewards of other people's money, which that pays your salary. The county board is expected to live within it's budget and get the most bang for the buck where we absolutely need it. So don't pat yourself on the back for doing your job as intended. The board could also consider eliminating waste/bloat in some areas, and significantly increasing millage on other entities that may not be paying their share because of political cronyism.

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