The Clarion-Ledger, 10/30/7

The city of Jackson may have found an additional $6 million in the budget, and, if so, that would eliminate the need for increasing residents’ water and sewer rates.

Rick Hill, the city’s director of administration, said his department is discussing the money, which was discovered in the Public Works budget, with bond attorneys to ensure it is surplus and can be used.

The City Council’s budget committee was recessed Monday until next Monday, when Mayor Frank Melton and his administration should know whether the money can be used.

“How did this happen?” Ward 1 Councilman Jeff Weill said. “I’m delighted if we indeed have $6 million to spend, but I’m deeply concerned that we’re just finding this out.”