Bay St. Louis city leaders vote to dip into cash reserves

Bay St. Louis city leaders vote to dip into cash reserves

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Bay St. Louis city council members voted Friday to borrow $85,000 from the city's reserves to pay bills for October, and they'll have to borrow more to get through the end of the year.

Mayor Les Fillingame said even though the new fiscal year just began, it's not unusual for cities to dip into cash reserves.

"This is the time of year when revenues are the lowest. It's one of the necessary evils at the end of one fiscal year and the beginning of the next before the property taxes roll in," Fillingame said.

Property tax payments typically pick up in January, Fillingame said. The revenue shortfall from October to December is around $200,000.

Fillingame asked the council to transfer the entire amount now, but he said the council decided to borrow month-to-month instead.

The council also voted to transfer $266,000 from its reserves to pay Meranto Construction for work on the Old Spanish Trail sidewalk project. Fillingame said that money will be reimbursed by the Mississippi Department of Transportation quickly, but the bill needed to be paid now.

Before these transfers, Fillingame said the city's cash reserve account had a balance of a little less than $1,000,000.

"This will be very temporary," Fillingame said. "That's what your reserves are for, to supplement the needs of the operations in times when cash is tight."

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