Final details of pay raises, agency allocations and other budget matters concluded Monday as the Corinth Board of Mayor and Aldermen adopted the budget and tax levy for the coming fiscal year.

There is no change to the millage levy for property taxes in the city and the Corinth School District, with a total millage rate of 95, for the new budget year beginning Oct. 1.

The budget includes pay increases for city workers. Most employees will see approximately $2,100 annually added to their pay, but an updated pay chart could mean a larger increase for some.

With sales tax booming, “The board felt it was a very appropriate time to give the pay raises,” said City Clerk Vickie Roach.

While the city hopes to see more record-breaking numbers, she said the new budget takes a conservative approach on those projections.

The recent property reappraisal is not expected to be a huge boon to the budget – it is projected to add only about $100,000 in new revenue.

Equipment purchases in the budget total $1.553 million. That includes some items such as police patrol vehicles that are rolling over from the current fiscal year because of pandemic delays. Law enforcement agencies are struggling to get new vehicles.

Changes were few in allocations for outside agencies that receive city funding each fiscal year, with total allocations rising from $482,421 to $504,350.

Corinth Theatre-Arts presented a first-time request for financial support in the amount of $35,000. Roach said the city only has the authority to provide matching funds to the organization, and the board voted to provide $4,000 toward the purchase of HVAC units.

The CARE Foundation will get $23,000 toward the program that helps citizens replace sidewalks in the downtown area, and The Alliance is getting an increase of $14,000.

Other agency allocations:

Airport – $110,000

Alcorn County Health Department – $1,000

Alcorn County Soil & Water – $5,000

The Alliance – $180,000, up from $166,000

Verandah House – $35,000

Animal shelter contract – $70,000

Care Garden – $9,000

Keep Corinth Beautiful – $4,000

Main Street Corinth – $40,000

Museum – $24,150, up from $23,000

Veterans Service Office – $1,200

Arts Council – $18,000, up from $13,200

Boys and Girls Club – $3,000

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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