BY LEESHA FAULKNER

Daily Journal

TUPELO - Lee County's budget will rise $3,407,080 when the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1, but taxes will remain the same.

"That's because of growth in the county," said Phil Morgan, president of the Lee County Board of Supervisors. "We said all along we wouldn't raise taxes and we've done that."

This year the total county budget is $41,404,205. Next year the total county budget will be $44,874,285, according to County Administrator Ronnie Bell.

Supervisors are expected to approve the budget Friday. The board held a public hearing Tuesday on the proposed budget. Nobody from the general public came to speak about it.

Here are some significant changes:

- The board of supervisors budget is $1,166,830, up $288,600, which will be used primarily to battle annexation by Tupelo.

- The tax collector's budget is $419,330, up $24,730. About $20,000 of the increase will be used for mailing out new license plates this year.

- The adult jail administration is $2,283,920, up $33,520, chiefly to feed prisoners.

- Elections will be $218,320, up $39,140 to raise what election workers are paid. Currently election workers make $75 a day and poll managers make $95. The raise will see workers making $125 and managers $145.

Contact Daily Journal county courts reporter Leesha Faulkner at 678-1590 or leesha.faulkner@djournal.com.

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