City to begin crafting FY ’18 municipal budget

The Gilich administration and members of the City Council will launch a month of municipal budget meetings next week with a discussion of employee medical insurance.

During the meeting, scheduled for Tuesday at 4:30 p.m., Chief Administrative Officer Mike Leonard will brief council members on the current plan, which is budgeted at $6.5 million of the city’s $59 million budget.

Other budget workshops are planned for Aug. 8 (museums and other discretionary spending), Aug. 15 (port and water-sewer operations), and Aug. 22 (capital projects, revenue and departmental budgets).

The city’s current budget is comprised of three primary revenue streams: gaming taxes ($17.5 million), sales taxes ($12 million) and property taxes ($10.1 million). Grants, rents and fees for services make up the remainder.

The new budget would take effect Oct. 1, the beginning of the city’s fiscal year.

“Our goal,” Leonard said, “is to have weekly meetings throughout August, perhaps before or after council meetings, and make sure councilmembers have a good grasp of all of the components of the budget. Then, at the end of the month, they’ll be in a position to vote on it and have it in place by mid-September.”

Council meeting preview:  The Biloxi City Council faces an agenda of nearly two dozen measures when its meets Tuesday at 6 p.m.  Among the issues on the agenda:  two zoning cases, renaming of Richards Drive and Jam Lane to Tribe Drive, appointments to the Biloxi Housing Authority (Rodney McGilvary and Arlene Canaan), a measure regarding proposed consolidation of rail crossings, and sponsorship of a Blue Angels show in 2018.
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