Hattiesburg Public School District to ask for $100,000 in taxes associated with new property



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HATTIESBURG, Mississippi — Hattiesburg Public School District will ask for $100,000 to help balance its budget for 2014-15.

The Hattiesburg American reports (http://hatne.ws/1qk9L9H) the district's chief financial officer, Terry Stennis, told school board members he couldn't say whether that request would raise the taxes for all property owners because the city, not the school district, sets tax levels.

Stennis said the additional money would come from taxes assessed on new property in the city.

"The assessed value for new property was $7.5 million last year. The $100,000, we think, is adequate," Stennis said.

The district's proposed budget for 2014-15 is about $57 million. It has 800 employees and 4,600 students.

It received approximately $756,000 more in state funds this year over last year under the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, but some of that money must be used for the state's pay raises for teachers. The district has 400 teachers.

The 2014-15 MAEP allocation for the district is $18.6 million.

Superintendent James Bacchus said the district is hiring six new teachers and six teacher assistants — one each for the six elementary schools — to help students with their reading skills.


Information from: The Hattiesburg American, http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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