- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

HOULKA, Miss. (AP) - A $100,000 budget shortfall has Houlka officials scurrying to balance city books.

“Some things were brought to my attention and I brought them to the board,” said Houlka Mayor Jimmy Kelly. “We had realized things were tight but we didn’t know how serious it was.”

The Chickasaw Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1vMKZ3H) the board of aldermen has cut employee’s pay and insurance and the city plans to sell the former BancorpSouth building that now serves as City Hall.

City Clerk Gay Williams also resigned. Janie Tutor was named city clerk

With the budget plan, the city expects to save about $78,000 saved. The city is seeking $35,000 for City Hall.

Kelly said if that plan works as projected, the city could be solvent by the end of the year.

“It may be a little unrealistic to see us caught up by then. “We could have unforeseen expenses or revenue might not be what we hope, but we want people to know we do have a plan.

“The kind of things people will see is we won’t be patching streets and mowing as much. We have taken a look at all expenditures and cut where we could. We are watching all departments and all expenses very carefully now,” Kelly said.

Kelly said no money appears to be missing and no one has been charged with any crime.

Kelly said selling the old bank building will see the city cut expenses by $1,500 a month in utilities and insurance.

Kelly said Houlka’s bills are being paid.


Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, https://djournal.com

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