- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 11, 2014

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - The city of Natchez is currently operating with a $1.5 million budget deficit.

The Natchez Board of Aldermen discussed the deficit after Alderman Dan Dillard brought it up while reviewing a monthly budget report presented to the board at its Tuesday meeting.

City Clerk Donnie Holloway attributed the deficit to lower than expected ad valorem tax revenue and increased payroll expenses.

Holloway tells The Natchez Democrat (https://bit.ly/1mGHuox ) the payroll cost increases are attributable to increased salaries and more personnel.

The city currently has 262 employees.

She says the city had 254 employees last fiscal year and 245 employees in the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

Holloway also cited increased health insurance and worker’s compensation costs as contributing factors to the deficit.

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Information from: The Natchez Democrat, https://www.natchezdemocrat.com/

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