Council faces four meetings Tuesday

The Biloxi City Council will have four meetings Tuesday — three special meetings in the morning and a regularly scheduled meeting in the afternoon.

At 10 a.m., councilmembers are scheduled to hear a briefing on the city’s upcoming $355 million infranstructure work, followed by a 10:30 a.m. session to discuss the city’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for FY ’07, and an 11 a.m. meeting to hear the results of a compensation survey conducted by the Stennis Institute of Government.

At 1:30 p.m, the council will hold its regularly scheduled meeting. Agendas for the meeting will be posted on the city’s web site Friday afternoon.

Council sets schedule for budget meetings

The Biloxi City Council, with FY ‘09 scheduled to begin Oct. 1, has announced a schedule of upcoming budget hearings, including a nighttime meeting.

Budget hearings will be held at 10 a.m. on July 29 and Aug. 12, and during a 6 p.m. council meeting on Aug. 5.

For September, the council will meet Sept. 2, 9 and 23 at 1:30 p.m.

Updated financial report now online

The city’s three primary revenue streams — gaming, sales and property taxes — are near pre-Katrina levels, except for a 28.1 percent drop in property taxes because of losses caused by the 2005 hurricane.

The information is one of the observations made in the city’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for FY 2007, the most recent detailed accounting of the city’s financial condition.

One of the most informative sections of the 131-page report is a 10-page overview, known as a Letter of Transmittal, in the CAFR.

To read the report and to see other city financial information, click here.

Police making plans for National Night Out Against Crime

The Biloxi Police Department will host its annual National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, Aug. 5 on the grounds of Nativity BVM Elementary School, near the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center.

To find out more about the free fair, and how families and buisnesses can be involved, click here.