Jackson City Council budget proposal calls for no tax increase

The Jackson City Council’s 2015-2016 budget proposal is sound and doesn’t require the 8 percent tax increase proposed by Mayor Tony Yarber, Council President Melvin Priester Jr. said Monday.

Earlier this month, Yarber’s administration proposed a $119 million general fund budget that included an 8 percent tax increase, once a month furloughs of many city workers, a hiring freeze, a moratorium on new vehicle purchases and some higher city fees.

“What I have to absolutely emphasize is that we are saving $7.6 million and are trying to prevent the 8 percent tax hike that the mayor has proposed,” Priester said. “And if you look at the proposal, there is no mass layoffs. There are $2 millions of cuts to unfrozen positions.”