Biloxi Council Starts Number Crunching

Biloxi council members are getting their first look at the mayor's proposed no frills $96 million budget.

$44 million is dedicated to new and ongoing capital projects, like finishing the new sportsplex north of the bay, near Biloxi High School.

The city will spend about $800,000 on a second fire station in Woolmarket. It's behind schedule. The chief wanted to be in it by Christmas, now it will be next spring.

"The design took longer, the bidding, finding the property for the station took longer than we anticipated. It's just been a slow process, slower than we anticipated it'd be," Chief David Roberts said.

While the city plans for the fire station, widening will continue on Popps Ferry Road and Caillavet Street. Biloxi's chief administrative officer says gaming revenues and property taxes are funding those projects and others that for years had to be put on hold.

"Just in the last three years, the City of Biloxi's invested 58-million dollars in capital projects... not expanding the operating budget of the city but putting it back into infrastructure like drainage, water, sewage, roads parks and recreation," Jim Borsig said.

The council will debate the budget in several more workshops before it's put in place by October first. It includes a 3% payraise for all city employees and no city tax hike.