Lamar County School District will not need tax increase to balance its budget

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PURVIS, Mississippi — Lamar County School District officials say they will not need a tax increase to balance its budget for fiscal year 2014-15.

Business manager Jennifer Hession tells The Hattiesburg American ( ) the district is asking the county for the same ad valorem taxes as last year — $22.5 million. The current millage is 54.03 mills.

The district's budget is $83.74 million. It has about 9,600 students and 1,300 employees.

The district got about $2.6 million additional dollars from the state this year. Hession said about $1.7 million of that was for the state's new teacher pay raises.

Interim Superintendent Tess Smith said some of the rest of the money will go to hire new teachers.

Information from: The Hattiesburg American,

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