Friday, August 26, 2016

Jackson issues notice of proposed milleage increase

The city of Jackson issued the following press release: 

City of Jackson Has Begun Advertising Proposed Millage Increase

The City of Jackson has begun advertising the proposed ad valorem tax revenue increase for Fiscal Year 2017. A public hearing on the City’s proposed budget and proposed tax levies will be held Sept. 2 at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers, located in City Hall, 219 S. President St.

The City of Jackson is now operating with projected total budget revenue of $487,204,201, of such revenue is obtained through ad valorem taxes. For next fiscal year, the proposed budget has total projected revenue of $466,688,237. Of that amount, $69,641,984 is proposed to be financed through a total ad valorem tax levy.

For next fiscal year, the City Council has proposed to increase ad valorem tax millage rate by 4.00 mills. Mayor Tony T. Yarber proposed a 3.00 mill increase. A 3.00 mill increase on a $100,000 home is $300 a year. The millage increase, spending reductions and departmental restructuring and reorganization have all been proposed by the Administration to help balance the budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

During a presentation on Monday, Aug. 15, Systems Consultants Associates, a firm hired by the City of Jackson, explained how the City of Jackson arrived at its present financial condition, and recent operating millage changes were among contributing factors. In 2014, the City’s operating millage was 56.77. It was lowered to 48.90 in 2015 and was at 46.93 in 2016. The lowered millage has had an adverse effect on revenue for the City, according to the consultant’s report. Even with a 4.00 mill increase, the millage will still be lower than it was in 2014.

The public can view the budget hearings and access the documents presented on the City of Jackson website,


Anonymous said...

Gotta pay for those alleged strippers somehow.

Roger Murdock said...

Yarbor's just doing to the tax payers what he's been doing to his staff.

Anonymous said...

you give me a 350 million operating budget, and just about anyone else with any entrepreneurial spirit, and the direction changes for the better of this city. I have trouble with the millage increase due current shenanigans, which lead me to believe past shenanigans were just as vulgar..........meaning, how long is the line of people that have been skimming the city coffers for the past 20 some odd years.

Anonymous said...

My question is this. If a $100k home on 3 mills raises the taxes on the home by $300 what does this do to a business? You have commercial property owners who will have difficulty with this. Especially when the esteemed , and I use that loosely, Mayor Yarber is acting in a manner with his personal life that indicates he is not capable of being a Mayor. Sure Jackson is majority black but that doesn't excuse his behavior nor does it give the city the right to raise taxes because of poor leadership and a defunct school system

Anonymous said...

Here comes the Flowood and Madison Real Estate Boom.

Come and get it while it is available Jacksonites.

Anonymous said...

@ 10:34.....that is where my problem exists. We already have the highest taxes in the state, and when you account for current ongoings @ JPS / declining sales tax revenue / empty office space / Water Department / infra structure issues / ineffective council / and a Mayor that can't assemble a respectable budget, and we are now learning he is apparently spending more time having sexual escapades than actually performing the job he was elected to do.....why do we have to cover this for the city???.....I would feel better about it, if I knew the people that were headed to jail for their fraudulent activities w/in the city government.

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to look at other cities that were comparable in size to the city of Jackson and see what their proposed budgets were for FY2017

Cape Coral, Florida - FY2017 $609 million
Sioux Falls, South Dakota - FY2016 $417 million
Chattanooga, Tennessee - FY2016 $220 million (speculating)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida - FY2017 $668 million
Springfield, Missouri - FY2016 $333 million
McKinney, Texas - FY2017 $381 million
Macon, Georgia - FY2016 #272 million

That's with +/- 5,000 residents

Just for comparison

Anonymous said...

Milleage? Are we getting 20 mills to the gallon?

Anonymous said...

For those women who are worried about their taxes going up, I hear the mayor has a special tax break for them.

Anonymous said...

@ Kingfish

When we speak on Ad Valorem - is this from residential property taxes and car tags?

Anonymous said...

What is a milleage?

Anonymous said...

I've got an idea. How about Jackson start collecting water/sewer revenue from EVERYONE...not just the few idiots who choose to pay. And, how about back-billing those avoiding paying car tags who live here. Seriously, this is becoming a joke. I go to the soccer fields and see numerous cars with Madison/Rankin tags who I know live in Hinds County. Not faulting them, I would too if I knew how to get away with it. I would like to hear a councilman tell me why anyone should live in Hinds County. Would love to hear someone try and answer.

Anonymous said...

That isn't the notice they published in the Clarion-Ledger.

Anonymous said...

@ August 26, 2016 at 3:55 PM

two things

1st - the state agencies in Jackson are exempt from paying for the services. As well as many churches

2nd - Eddie Fair's office has hired two private investigators to handle those duties

Anonymous said...

@9:13 - no one is legally exempt from paying for water/sewer - notice I said legally.

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