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State overpays Brandon $1.5 million

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The city has eight years to pay the money back. The city has eight years to pay the money back.
BRANDON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The city of Brandon is in belt-tightening mode and may be forced to cut back services after the Department of Revenue overpaid $1.5 million to the city.

The money was from sales tax collected over two years from businesses that were actually located outside of the city limits.

The city now has eight years to pay the money back. Brandon Mayor Butch Lee says Brandon will have to adjust it's belt.

"Something's going to have to give. So when you take a hit of 300,000 [dollars] going into the budget, it's just no way to make that up. You have to streamline things. We have to do more with less," Lee said Tuesday.

The mayor says money can be saved through attrition. That means city worker positions currently vacant may not be filled. He is hoping to avoid layoffs and deep cuts in services to residents.

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