In a unanimous vote Tuesday morning, Lowndes County Board of Supervisors rejected the county school district’s request for $27.4 million in local property tax funds for Fiscal Year 2021 and instead agreed to allocate roughly $3.5 million less than the requested figure.
Columbus residents will see a flat millage rate in Fiscal Year 2021, following a 5-0 vote from the City Council during a special-call meeting Tuesday night. Ward 2 Councilman Joseph Mickens was absent.
Oktibbeha County’s recent road bond, its upcoming industrial park pledge, a funding increase for volunteer fire services and other tentative pledges are expected to increase taxes by 2.88 mills in the upcoming fiscal year.
Mill values for every tax-levying entity in Lowndes County appear to be up this year, according to preliminary figures from Tax Assessor Greg Andrews’ office.
Columbus Municipal School District does not plan to ask for a property tax increase next fiscal year.
Columbus City Council unanimously approved on Tuesday a resolution of intent for the issuance of tax increment financing bonds of up to $4 million for development at Lee Middle School.
District 2 Supervisor Orlando Trainer will pitch a millage increase in the next two months for countywide road paving and reclamation projects.
A higher than expected mill value will slightly mitigate Columbus Municipal School District budget concerns for next fiscal year, school officials said Wednesday.
Tension occasionally punctuated a three-hour school board meeting that, at one point, featured Mayor Robert Smith saying he felt he was being treated like a “second class citizen.”
Joe Max Higgins surveyed the audience that had gathered at the Nissan Auditorium on the MUW campus. He was not happy with the turnout of about 50 or so Golden Triangle Development LINK Trust and Columbus-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce members who had come to the event.