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Public hearings set for county budget, redistricting
by Jebb Johnston
Aug 20, 2013 | 205 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Public hearings on the county budget and the proposed redistricting of Alcorn County are set for the next meeting of the Board of Supervisors.

The board scheduled the two hearings during Monday’s meeting. Because of the Labor Day holiday, the next regular meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 3. The hearing on redistricting is set for 9 a.m. that morning, and the budget hearing will follow at 10 a.m.

The redistricting proposal is as it stood during the board’s last workshop on the supervisor district boundaries with a variance of 5.72 percent between the highest and lowest district populations. A copy of the map as prepared by the Northeast Mississippi Planning and Development District is to be made available at the chancery and circuit clerk’s offices.

Sharon Gardner, executive director of NMPDD, said the proposal does not split any census blocks, which had come up as a possibility several times.

After the board adopts the new map, it will be sent to the U.S. Department of Justice.

In the 2010 census, the biggest population shifts occurred in districts 2 and 4, which do not touch. As a result, all five districts will see some changes.

On the budget, the county is proposing no change to the millage rate of 105.76, including county schools.

Alcorn School District Superintendent Gina Rogers Smith and Director of Finance Misty Whittemore appeared before the board to confirm that no tax increase is requested, leaving the school millage at 49.76, plus 3 mills for debt service. General county holds at 53 mills.

In other business:

• The board approved an engineering agreement with Cook Coggin for work on the proposed park expansion.

• The board agreed to approach the city about payment on the CodeRED alert system.

• Supervisors will consider three appointments to The Alliance Board of Directors in the next meeting for seats currently held by Grover Hardin, Danny Turner and Michael McCalla.

• The board was notified of new Biggersville Fire & Rescue Chief Jeff Allen, Deputy Chief William Hutcheson and Assistant Chief Kerry Cummings.
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