County tax levy set with no tax increase

By Amanda McBride
The Choctaw Plaindealer

The Choctaw County tax levy was set with no tax increase for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

In the August 29 meeting, the Choctaw County Board of Supervisors approved a millage rate of 79.09 that is the same as last year. The amount of mils in some categories changed from the year before but did not change the total millage rate.

According to the budget that was approved by the supervisors, 1 mil equals to $208,325. Last year’s mil rate was $115,357 and the year before that was $56,587.

The increase of the millage rate this year was due one of the power plants coming onto the tax roll instead of paying a fee in lieu payment.

A new line item listed in the tax levy is the Hospital Bond Note for 9.74 mils, which equals to $2,029,085.

The millage rate of 79.09 mils includes taxes for Choctaw County, the Choctaw County School District and Holmes Community College.

The county’s levied taxes are 38.97 mils that will bring in approximately $8,118,425.

The Choctaw County School District’s levied taxes include monies for the district, 37.44 mils, and the school bond note, 0.68 mils. This will bring in approximately $7,941,349.

Holmes Community College receives tax funds from 2 mils of $416,650.

The approved tax levy includes:
-General Fund purposes: 21.17 mils, which equals to $4,410,240. This is decreased by 6.08 mils from last year. This fund includes office administration, judicial and law enforcement, operations and maintenance of buildings and grounds, support and upkeep of Choctaw County Library, maintenance, support and operation of Choctaw County Hospital, budgets of Tax Assessor/Collector, Sheriff’s Office and the remodeling, building or repairing the Courthouse, Jail and other buildings and more.
-Volunteer Fire: 0.28 mils. This decreased 0.71 mils from last year.
-This fund will receive $114,203 from the tax levy. This fund is for expenses to help provide fire protection to the county.
-Road Maintenance: 6.78 mils. This was decreased by 2.95 mils from last year.
-This is each supervisor’s road and bridge fund. It will receive $1,412,443 from the tax levy that will be divided into the five road funds.
-Hospital Bond note: 9.74 mils, which equals to $2,029,085. This is a new line item in the tax levy.
-Choctaw County School District: 37.44 mils. This increased 1.24 mils from last year.
-This fund will receive $7,799,688 to the Choctaw County School District to use where needed as the School Board approves.
-Choctaw County School District bond note: 0.68 mils. This decreased 0.62 mils from last year. The -CCSD will receive $141,661 for short-term debt service.
-Reappraisal: 1 mil. This $208,325 will pay the property appraiser for looking for improvements and to update and maintain county maps.
-Maintenance and support of Holmes Junior College: 1 mil that is $208,325
-Expansion of Holmes Junior College: 1 mil that is $208,325.