Hattiesburg City Council approves millage increase

The Hattiesburg City Council approved a .64 millage increase and received an general overview of the budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year in a special called meeting Wednesday.

“We are having a .5 increase on the general fund,” said Council President Carter Carroll. “That is for the new police station that we agreed to do over a year ago. Then there is a .14 millage increase, and that is for the police and fire department’s retirement fund, which we need to fund. We didn’t really have a choice on that.”

The increase will bring Hattiesburg’s millage rate up from 49.52 mills to 50.16 mills. A Hattiesburg resident with a $100,000 home can expect to pay about $501.60 in property taxes, which is a $6.40 increase from last year.