Vicksburg leaders approve $33 million city budget
Vicksburg, Miss. (WJTV) – Vicksburg Mayor and Alderman’s Council has approved a budget of $33.169 million for the city’s fiscal year 2023 with a projected funding surplus of $12,000.
The board approved and adopted the budget with confidence at its last meeting.
“I am absolutely delighted with the budget. This is one of the most difficult Conservative budgets we have had to pass. We were able to meet every need. We are able to show a lot of growth and revenue. I think we will be good. We will be very good this year. What we need to do now is make sure we have more accountability from the division heads and then we can move forward. I think it’s a great plan for Vicksburg’s future. I think it’s the best budget that provides the best quality of service and the lowest cost to taxpayers without raising taxes,” said Mayor George Flaggs Jr.
The largest budget item is personnel, which accounts for 64% of the budget. Medical care, social security and retirement must be provided to workers, which represents a significant cost. The minimum wage was also increased in the city to $9 per hour. Officials hope to increase that amount to $9.50 by April 1, 2023. The city has 415 employees.
“One of the things we needed to do is bounce back from COVID-19. After that, we had to make sure to structure a budget that represents a future and allows us to grow the city without increasing anyone’s taxes. In my ten years in municipal government, as mayor of the city of Vicksburg, I have to say, this is one of the best budgets to come. We are seeing revenue growth, and we are still able to provide police protection and fire services, and I welcome that. I am confident we can stay within this budget and meet the challenges of the future,” Flaggs said.
The city of Vicksburg still has funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
Flaggs said the city could focus less on tax revenue from games, which acquired $5.5 million in fiscal 2022.