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City to pay consultant $100 per hour to act as temp CFO

Posted 1/8/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city plans to pay a former Columbus certified public accountant $100 per hour to handle chief financial officer duties while Milton Rawle serves a four-week suspension.

 

New 2-percent tax has support of local delegation

Posted 1/3/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A pre-filed bill in the Mississippi Legislature to revive the 2-percent restaurant tax in Columbus includes a little something for everybody -- and significantly less funding for one entity, in particular.

 

City asks for additional 1-percent tax to fund infrastructure, operate amphitheater

Posted 1/3/2019 in Columbus & Lowndes County

If Columbus officials have their way, the city's restaurant sales tax will jump to 3 percent over the next 10 years.

 

Year in review: Top stories of 2018 in Columbus, Lowndes

Posted 12/29/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Funding issues dominated headlines in Columbus and Lowndes County in 2018. The city and county feuded over parks funding, while the Legislature allowed the more than 30-year-old 2-percent restaurant sales tax to expire, severely hampering operations for the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau.

 

City lifts carte blanche spending freeze

Posted 12/28/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus city councilmen lifted the city's "spending freeze on everything" Thursday morning, replacing it with what they hope will be less drastic safeguards to rein in deficit spending.

 

City credit card usage largely followed policy

Posted 12/28/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Dispatch review of Columbus' credit card expenditures revealed spending has stayed largely within the city's expressed credit card usage policies so far this fiscal year.

 

Funding in-hand for first downtown roundabout

Posted 12/21/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus has been approved for the state funding necessary to build the first of several planned roundabouts downtown.

 

City freezes spending 'on everything'

Posted 12/19/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It started when Ward 5 Councilman Stephen Jones voted against the city's claims docket because he had questions about some of the charges.

 

Council: Overtime costs still 'out of control'

Posted 12/19/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Concerned city council members peppered the city's police and fire chiefs with questions Tuesday about overtime expenses they still believe to be "out of control."

 

Council to discuss freeze on travel spending

Posted 12/15/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus spent almost $158,000 on travel in Fiscal Year 2018. Of that total, nearly 30 percent -- $45,323.28 -- was the combined tab for the mayor and city council, according to information the city provided The Dispatch in response to a Mississippi Public Records Act request.

 

City still accepting applications for planning commissioner

Posted 12/14/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on its Planning Commission. Earlier this month, the city council reappointed longtime member Annette Savors and appointed new member Melissa Smith to the commission, leaving it with one remaining open spot.

 

CPD will go longer without an assistant chief

Posted 12/13/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police Department will go a little longer without an assistant chief after the background check of the latest preferred candidate disqualified him from consideration.

 

Home Base: Mississippi Republicans lean on natural selection when it comes to educating its children

Posted 12/7/2018 in Local Columns

My three daughters are all in bed by 8:30 every night. At least four nights a week, that's when my wife breaks out the laptop and various paper-stuffed folders.

 

Retail Coach firm developing list of recruiting targets for Columbus

Posted 12/6/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As of Wednesday, Will Kline was approaching the halfway mark of the first phase of his plan to rebuild Columbus' reputation as the retail center for the Golden Triangle.

 

Columbus CFO suspended without pay in wake of budget deficit revelation

Posted 12/5/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Chief Financial Officer Milton Rawle has been suspended for 16 working days, without pay, for failing to comply with job performance standards.

 

Columbus CFO suspended without pay

Posted 12/4/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Chief Financial Officer Milton Rawle has been suspended for 16 working days without pay for failure to comply job performance standards.

 

Man dies in surgery after being shot in domestic dispute

Posted 12/1/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Macon man died Saturday morning after being shot in what authorities are calling a domestic dispute at Greentree Apartments in Lowndes County.

 

Fresh face recommended as new airport fixed-base operator

Posted 11/30/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Jared Rabren may only be 25, but interestingly enough his experience helped land him a shot at a contract to run the Columbus-Lowndes Airport.

 

City operated at $881K deficit in FY 2018

Posted 11/24/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The city of Columbus operated at a nearly $881,000 deficit in Fiscal Year 2018 -- a fact that apparently caught city councilmen completely by surprise.

 

Columbus-Lowndes Airport searches for new operator after the last one stalls

Posted 11/20/2018 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Just about every weekend, Randy Gray gives flying lessons from the Columbus-Lowndes Airport on Fabritech Road near Highway 69.

 

 

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