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Supervisors defend tax increase, saying expenses going up

September 1, 2019 GMT

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — Three outgoing county supervisors are defending a tax increase in their southwest Mississippi county.

The Enterprise-Journal reports that Pike County supervisors Luke Brewer, Gary Honea and Chuck Lambert are telling local residents that the county was hit with unexpected expenses.

Lambert cites a $400,000 increase in health insurance premiums; a $100,000 increase in worker’s compensation costs; and $300,000 to give employees 3% raises.

Supervisors will hold a hearing on the proposed county budget and tax increase on Tuesday.

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Lambert says property tax rates have been rising over the last decade because expenses have risen, while economic growth has been stagnant.

He defends the county supporting both a county economic development district and the Scenic Rivers Development Alliance, saying the first recruits industry, while the second boosts regional tourism in southwest Mississippi.

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Information from: Enterprise-Journal, http://www.enterprise-journal.com

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