JPD spends nearly $1 million more than anticipated - - Jackson, MS

JPD spends nearly $1 million more than anticipated

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Jackson City Council's budget hearing Thursday was high-tension as they went over their general fund, discussing where millions of dollars has gone.

Mayor Yarber says the Council will be relying more on a data sharing system to try to crack down on budget discrepancies. 

"That gives us the ability to give better accountability and oversight," said the Mayor. "So we'll be able to determine those budgetary metrics, maybe look at them every month, and hold everybody accountable."

There's a huge discrepancy in how much money the city thought it would make and how much it actually did.

In Fines and Forfeitures, the City budget anticipated $3,600,000 but only got in $2,700,000 - only 77% of what the City believed they'd make.

Only 85% of expected revenue came in from Public Utilities: an estimated $5 million versus  $4,200,000 made.

And Parks and Recreation only brought in $4,142,854 as compared with the $7 million they were supposed to gain. That's just 67% of what was listed in the estimated budget,

All told, the city made 7.2% less than what they expected, and still isn't sure exactly how much they spent.

And another blow, JPD had overtime costs of $996,173 more than budgeted.

The council says they reallocated money to make up for it.

"While we're still in a very hectic situation," added Mayor Yarber. "We're not in the gloom and doom that we assumed we were going to be while this conversation was being held two months ago." 

But not everyone on the council was so comfortable. Councilman Priester was extremely hesitant about the numbers.

"I think these numbers are still pretty frighting, frankly," he said. "And this result was achieved by making some significant cuts midway through the year."

Even still, the budget passed unanimously.

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