- Associated Press - Thursday, August 21, 2014

LELAND, Miss. (AP) - Leland officials are looking at raising water and sewer rates and scaling back garbage pickup to address a projected budget shortfall in the next fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

Mississippi cities and counties are racing to comply with a statutory deadline of Sept. 15 to complete budget work.

The Delta Democrat-Times reports (https://bit.ly/1BFPZeh ) after making cuts to the police department’s office supply budget and the fire department’s building-repair funds, the city council found this week it still had a $72,500 deficit.

City officials say a $2 increase in water and sewer rates could bring in $80,000. If approved, the minimum residential bill would be $28 a month.

The board of alderman also is considering reducing garbage pickup from two days a week to one.


Information from: Delta Democrat-Times, https://www.ddtonline.com

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