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Today is an exciting day in DeSoto County. With the passing of the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget, the Board of Supervisors continues a streak of fourteen straight years WITHOUT A TAX INCREASE! During that time, the Board has managed to provide new and expanded services to the people of DeSoto County, while approving no tax increases.
The Board of Supervisors was busy during fiscal year 2017, with accomplishments that include: managing all aspects of County parks and greenways in-house, improving fire ratings throughout the County, and, most recently, the addition of curbside recycling at no cost to residents. The Board will continue working for the citizens in the upcoming 2018 fiscal year.
The fiscal year 2018 budget is highlighted by its focus on public safety. Volunteer Fire Departments will see an increase of $300,000 in an effort to encourage daytime support and recruit and retain volunteers. The Sheriff’s Department will see a $1.05 million budget increase and the County's Emergency Management Agency (EMA) will see an increase in staff and a new training classroom. Through these efforts and many more the Board of Supervisors has made an intentional effort to improve public safety in fiscal year 2018.
The end result of the fiscal year 2018 budget is a plan for the upcoming year that puts the people of this community first and ensures continued growth and excellent quality of life while keeping taxes low.