Marx vetoes budget, water increase; meeting to be held Sept. 23

By HASKEL BURNS,

Petal Mayor Hal Marx has followed through on his plan to veto the recently-passed Fiscal Year 2020 budget – as well as the recent increase to monthly water rates – setting up a meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 23 at Petal City Hall during which the Petal Board of Aldermen will decide whether to override the vetoes.




Hattiesburg approves $145 million budget; some employees to get pay raises

By HASKEL BURNS,

After several years of what Mayor Toby Barker called “structural imbalances” in the city’s budget, Hattiesburg officials have finalized and adopted a Fiscal Year 2020 budget that improves department equipment and gives raises to several city employees without raising residents’ taxes.












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