- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - The Forrest County School District will not require a tax increase to balance its budget for the 2014-15 budget year, which begins July 1.

The Hattiesburg American reports (https://hatne.ws/1v0OOQt ) the Forrest County School Board held its budget hearing Monday.

The millage will remain at 55 mills, which is the millage cap.

The district’s proposed budget is $25.2 million, down slightly from last year’s budget of $25.6 million.

Superintendent Brian Freeman said he was happy with the budget outlook, which included an increase in state funding of about $378,000.

Freeman did say one new expense for the district next year would be raises for its 220 non-certified employees.

Freeman said the district would have to dip into its reserve fund “a little” to help finance those raises.

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Information from: The Hattiesburg American, https://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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