WAVELAND, Miss. (AP) - Waveland Mayor Tommy Longo blames a depressed economy and a decreased population for an increase in taxes the city may see for the first time in 15 years.
If the proposed budget passes Tuesday, residents would pay an extra $30 on a $300 tax bill, $50 on a $500 tax bill.
Even with an increase, Longo says the city would still have 1 of the lowest millage rates on the Coast.
Longo tells The Sun Herald that the city's pre-Katrina population was around 8,000 residents. He says that figure is still down by 35%.
Longo said that a hiring freeze has been in effect in the city for a while and some positions in each department will be eliminated.
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