Hinds County budget won’t fill some positions

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The Hinds County Board of Supervisors has approved a $58.3 million general fund budget that doesn’t increase taxes, but will leave about 51 vacant positions unfunded including 36 in the sheriff’s department.

Board of Supervisors President Tony Greer, who voted no on the budget, complains it doesn’t go far enough to curb spending.

The county has a gap of about $5 million in expected revenue versus department requests for the 2015-2016 budget year, which begins Oct. 1. The county will use reserve money to balance the budget.

Greer had proposed eliminating some vacant positions as a way to save money and balance the budget. The overall county budget is $107 million, with $58.3 of that for the general fund, which comes from tax revenue.

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