Starkville Parks and Recreation now owes about $61,000 in back payments for electric and water services after receiving an additional $96,000 in annual funding and a $60,000 financial bailout from the city this fiscal year, Director Herman Peters said.
Starkville will slightly scale back its travel budget in the upcoming fiscal year as a budget worksheet shows a near-$6,000 drop in allocations for citywide departments.
Starkville aldermen concluded a months-long budgetary process Tuesday by passing the city's financial operating parameters in a 4-3 vote Tuesday.
Starkville Main Street Association organizers concluded the current fiscal year Thursday by recognizing numerous businesses' commitment to the city's economy and setting its sights on increasing the area's ever-growing push to attract new tourists and sales tax collections.
The Starkville Police Department is investigating multiple reports of package thefts from local residences as thieves are allegedly taking parcels from front porches.
Unlike their county peers, Starkville city employees will not receive a pay raise in the upcoming fiscal year.
Starkville will again allow its employees to place same-sex partners on the city's insurance plan after the board of aldermen fell one vote shy of overturning Mayor Parker Wiseman's veto of their action to limit the expansion to only legally married couples Tuesday.
Starkville police arrested a local man Sunday after he allegedly damaged public school property and charged at an officer.
When aldermen vote tonight whether to override Mayor Parker Wiseman's veto of a board action that limited Starkville's plus-one health insurance policy to only legally married spouses, both supporters and detractors of the change will turn their attention to Ward 2 Alderman Lisa Wynn for her decision to either abstain or take a stance on the issue.
ZZ Top's Oct. 30 concert is postponed to April 10 due to a hip injury to bassist Dusty Hill, Mississippi State University announced Monday.
Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman vetoed aldermen's recent action to limit expanded health insurance coverage to legally married couples, and the four aldermen who pushed for the change are expected to call for an override during Tuesday's 5:30 p.m. recess meeting at City Hall.
Starkville Parks Commission Chairman Dan Moreland will get a $60,000 bailout to meet payroll, retirement and bill payments this month, but aldermen expect the autonomous department to pay the money back and balance its revenue shortfalls with increased sports participation fees next year.
A Starkville narcotics investigation yielded one arrest Tuesday after numerous complaints of drug dealing were filed with the police department.
An August report delivered to Starkville and provided in the city's e-packet before Sept. 2's meeting clearly identifies "domestic partnerships" as a beneficiary to an expanded plus-one insurance package that the board first unanimously approved earlier this month and then rescinded Tuesday.
Starkville aldermen specifically removed same-sex partners from the city's new plus-one insurance coverage Tuesday after an hour-long public comment session that yielded support of the move from the city's religious base and sharp criticism from those who self-identified as members of Starkville's LGBT community.
While their city counterparts are struggling to find money for pay raises and bailout struggling departments, Oktibbeha County supervisors approved an across-the-board, 3 percent cost-of-living adjustment for its employees Monday without increasing the county's operational tax levy.
Starkville aldermen are expected to approve a $60,000 loan to Starkville Parks Commission today so the group, which ran out of money for September's payroll and public retirement payments, can get above water before the end of the fiscal year.
Fresh off the heels of a closed-door session last week on Starkville's new plus-one insurance policy, aldermen again will take up the matter during their 5:30 p.m. Tuesday meeting.
Oktibbeha County supervisors on Monday are expected to approve an overall 111.88-mill governmental and school ad valorem tax rate, which is almost a mill increase from the current levy.
Starkville employees asked The Dispatch and a Starkville resident to file Freedom of Information Act requests Thursday for its upcoming Fiscal Year 2014-2015 budget, an act that could shield the intricacies of the city's guiding financial document from public inspection before Tuesday's board of aldermen meeting.
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