City Council approves $54.4 million budget in Gulfport

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GULFPORT, Mississippi — Property taxes will increase for Gulfport residents in 2015 because voters overwhelmingly supported a new high school, but the city's tax rate will be the same.

The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1tIr47M ) the City Council adopted the $54.4 million budget Tuesday.

City officials say sales tax collections and other revenue have risen, so city workers will get a cost-of-living pay raise for the first time in seven years.

The increase will be $1,000 a year for each employee, including department heads. Comptroller Scott Wilson says the pay increase will cost Gulfport about $700,000.

Because of a new tax rate set by the Gulfport school district, the owner of a home valued at $100,000 can expect a property tax increase of about $40.

The new budget takes effect Oct. 1


Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com

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