CATEGORY: Prentiss County

AUTHOR: SUMMER

HED:Prentiss County trims 5.5 percent

By Jane Clark Summers

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

BOONEVILLE - The Prentiss County budget for 1998 will drop 5.5 percent. Some taxpayers will see a slight increase in their property tax bill while others will see a small decrease.

The total budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 is $9,683,478, down from $10,251,575 for the year ending Sept. 30.

The amount needed to be raised by tax levies totals $2,973,129, up from $2,855,299, for an increase of $117,800 over the previous budget year.

The board of supervisors set the following tax levies for individual supervisor districts:

- District 1, 61.15 mills, a decrease of 1.45 percent from 62.05 mills.

- District 2, 60.15 mills, an increase of 2 percent from 58.95 mills.

- District 3, 58.15 mills, a decrease of 2.35 percent from 59.55 mills.

- District 4, 64.15 mills, a decrease of 1.38 percent from 65.05 mills.

- District 5, 60.15 mills, an increase of 1.86 percent from 59.05 mills.

Of those totals, 31 mills will go to the county's general fund.

The county school tax levy is down slightly for 1998, from 47.6 mills to 47.25 mills.

One mill is equal to $1 for each $1,000 of assessed property value.

Expenditures budgeted for 1998 include: general government, $2,205,237, up from $2,058,607; public safety, $1,362,967, down from $1,491,152; public works, $2,045,838, down from $3,300,934; health and welfare, $1,382,298, up from $269,873; and culture and recreation, $156,801, up from $99,889.

Education is budgeted for $662,425, up from $429,859; conservation of natural resources, $82,056, down from $82,825; economic development assistance, $799,164, up from $482,438; capital projects, $189,250, down from $1,664,100; and debt service, $155,153, up from $16,000.

Miscellaneous expenditures are budgeted for $117,424, up from $35,174. Other financing uses, $130,913, is a new budget item.

An ending cash balance is projected at $393,952, up from $320,724 for a total budget of $9,683,478.

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