Warren County is in good financial health as the supervisory board approved the fiscal year 2022 budget on Tuesday morning.
The estimated fiscal year 2022 value for the county is $ 543,794,975, which is an increase of $ 8,531,700 from the previous year. The tax levy for 2022 will be 117.77 miles.
There will be no ad valorem tax kilometer rate increase, which means Warren County taxpayers will not be paying more ad valorem taxes on their homes, auto tags, utilities , their commercial installations and equipment or their rental real estate, unless the estimated value of this property tax has increased.
Projected revenues for fiscal 2022 are $ 41,578,491, a net increase of over $ 1.48 million. $ 27,940,187 of the proposed revenues will be funded by the ad valorem tax.
“Other sources of revenue for the coming fiscal year include games, the Victims of Crime Act grant, youth detention officer grants, fines, fees and sales tax. on the Internet, “Warren County Administrator Loretta Brantley said.
The county is expected to have expenses of $ 41,578,491, an increase of $ 481,728. Expenses include capital improvements to county buildings and facilities such as the golf course; improvements to tennis courts; computer system upgrades; security improvements; lighting and energy efficiency; equipment purchases for road service and a 75 cent per hour wage increase for all eligible employees in Warren County.
The budget also includes the operating budgets of the Warren County E-911, the Harbor Commission, the Warren-Vicksburg County Library, the six County Fire Districts, Debt Services, Courts, Hinds Community College and Vicksburg Warren School District.
For every dollar spent in Warren County, 56.37 cents goes to the school system. Next are county general funds, which receive 29.44 cents on the dollar, followed by roads and bridges at 7.12 cents.
Hinds Community College receives 4.56 cents for every dollar spent, debt service receives 1.35 cents, and the library receives 1.16 cents.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting, David Bridgers, CPA, presented the September 30, 2020 audit report for Warren County.
“We have issued two opinions on this report. The first opinion is on your financial statements, ”said Bridgers. “You have the best opinion you can have on this.
“The second opinion dealt with the county’s overall internal control. There were a few discoveries, but in general it was also quite good. “
Bridgers went on to explain that there was no evidence of fraud in the budget, and according to the record of government funds, Warren County was a “1o in 10” in terms of the county’s ability to pay its bills and manage their debts.
“You can meet your current obligations around 30 times,” he said. “This is an indication that this county is in a very good financial position. It’s an indication that you, as the board, have done a good job in the way you’ve managed your money.
Sheriff Martin Pace, after refusing a county supplement to his state-mandated salary as sheriff-elect and not having received a salary increase since 2014, was also allowed to receive a salary increase of $ 10,000, as indicated in section 24-3-25 (10). of the Mississippi Code of 1972.