- Associated Press - Sunday, September 20, 2015

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - After at least 15 years without a property tax hike, Hattiesburg residents are likely to see their property taxes rise 2.1 mills - or about $21 for a $100,000 house.

The City Council votes Tuesday on a $138.3 million budget proposed for fiscal 2015-16. It’s balanced on a 3-mill tax increase approved Sept. 8.

“You can start off with state level, county level, city level, school level, you can look anywhere, and I don’t think there is any entity that has held off for at least 15 years that we know about without a tax increase,” Mayor Johnny DuPree told The Hattiesburg American https://hatne.ws/1iZYL1x ). “I’m proud of that, but the realization was that the dollar had been stretched just as far as it could be stretched. You just couldn’t stretch it any farther.

The total bill will be reduced by a 0.95-mill drop in the amount going to the fund for retired police and firefighters.

A half-mill will go toward debt service for the $25 million Public Safety Complex that eventually will house Hattiesburg’s police department, fire department administration and Municipal Court. The project also will include the relocation of the Parks and Recreation Department.

The rest of the increase will be part of 2.5 mills dedicated to about $1.3 million in street paving projects.

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

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