The Greenwood City Council is looking at raising taxes by 4% during the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

This would generate about $218,000 in revenue, Mayor Carolyn McAdams told the council during a work session Tuesday.  

The proposal, if implemented,  would raise the tax rate from 50.26 mills collected in property  taxes in 2018-2019 to 52.26 mills in 2019-2020.

Though McAdams acknowledged the pinch that increased taxes would create, she said, “I don’t know how you deliver great services” without increasing taxes.

The council is considering a  general-fund budget for the upcoming fiscal year of $12,083,093, which would top this year’s $12,033,093 by $50,000.

Expenditures being considered  include buying two pieces of machinery for Public Works.

One of the machines, which costs about $50,000, is used for heating cold-mix asphalt, McAdams said.

For the most part, the city uses cold-mix asphalt to fill potholes, which is only a temporary solution since cold mix washes away easily during inclement weather.

It’s harder for the city to obtain hot mix, which is preferred because it lasts longer.

The mayor said the machine  would warm up cold mix and create an asphalt mixture that would do a better job with potholes.

Another piece of machinery, which costs around $70,000, would allow the city to cut grass off ditches along U.S. 82 rather than waiting for the Mississippi Department of Transportation to do so, the mayor said.

The council will hold a public hearing regarding the proposed budget at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 27 at City Hall. The council expects to approve a budget when it meets Sept. 3.

In an aside, council members once again discussed the possibility of asking the Leflore County Board of Supervisors how the county can assist the city with some problems.

Ward 3’s Ronnie Stevenson, council president, said that all members of the council may need to attend a Board of Supervisors meeting.

“Let them know we’re coming,” Ward 7’s Carl Palmer said.

Ward 1’s Johnny Jennings and Ward 2’s Lisa Cookston were not present at the work session.

•Contact Gerard Edic at 581-7239 or gedic@gwcommonwealth.com.

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