Olive Branch's mayor proposes $30.4M budget that includes first tax increase in 7 years


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OLIVE BRANCH, Mississippi — Olive Branch's mayor is expected to propose a $30.4 million budget that includes what could be the city's first tax increase in seven years.

Scott Phillips has already had to make a case for a tax increase, however, as citizens phoned in with their opinions about a hike.

Officials concede that no one likes a tax increase, but they also know the public wants continued quality services, like repaved roads and top-notch police protection.

The Commercial Appeal reports (http://bit.ly/1oWsxz2 ) a public hearing on the proposed budget will be held at the 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Phillips' budget calls for a 4 mill increase in the tax rate to 38.5 mills. For a homeowner with a house appraised at $160,000 the hike would cost $64 more in taxes.

Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

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