Harrison County, Mississippi

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Harrison County is one of 82 counties in Mississippi. As of 2010, the population was 187,105. Its county seats are Biloxi and Gulfport. Harrison County is named for U.S. President William Henry Harrison. Harrison County is part of the Gulfport-Biloxi metropolitan area.

The county was severely damaged from both Hurricane Camille in August 1969 and Hurricane Katrina on August 28-29, 2005.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Mississippi county websites

Last rated on August 27, 2012.

The good

  • Meetings
    • Board meeting date, time and place provided.[1], agendas are also provided.[2]
  • Elected Officials
    • County supervisors are listed with contact information.[3]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Administrative officials are listed under respective departments.
  • Building Permits and Zoning
    • Zoning information available.[4] Information on building permits available.[5]
  • Contracts
    • Bids for upcoming contracts online.[6]
  • Local Taxes
    • Property Tax rolls[7], millage rates[8], and "understanding values and taxes"[9] are posted.

The bad

  • Budget
    • Budgets are not provided.
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are not available.
  • Audits
    • Audits are not available.
  • Contracts
    • Current contracts not available.
  • Lobbying
  • Public Records

Board of Supervisors

As mandated by State statute, the Board of Supervisors meets on the first Monday of each month in the Board Meeting Room at the First Judicial District Courthouse in Gulfport. They also meet on the second Monday of each month in the Board Meeting Room at the Second Judicial District Courthouse in Biloxi. If a regular scheduled meeting falls on a holiday, the Board meets on the next working day following the holiday. The Board also schedules additional meetings as they deem necessary to handle pertinent County business and in the case of emergencies.[3]

All meetings begin at 9:30 a.m., unless otherwise announced. Meetings of the Board of Supervisors are open to the general public.[3]

County Administrator

Pamela Ulrich - County Administrator.[11]

The County Administrator acts under the policies determined by the Board of Supervisors and is subject to the Board's general supervision and control. The County Administrator will carry out the general policies of the Board in conformity with the estimate of expenditures fixed in the annual budget as finally adopted by the Board or as revised by the Board. The County Administrator establishes objectives, standards, and control measures within the context of the broad, general policy guidelines for departments under his or her control. The County Administrator is appointed by the Board of Supervisors annually at the first scheduled meeting in January.[11]

Taxes

The State of Mississippi requires each assessor to locate and value all taxable property within his county. "True Value shall mean and include, but shall not be limited to, market value, cash value, actual cash value, proper value and value for the purposes of appraisal for ad valorem taxation. In arriving at the true value of all class I and class II property and improvements, the appraisal shall be made according to current use, regardless of location." -- Mississippi Appraisal Manual.[9]

Assessed Value is a percentage of true value. The assessment rate to be used for each class of property to determine the assessed value is set by Mississippi's Constitution.[9]

Five Classes of Property For Assessment Purposes
Class I Single family, owner occupied, residential real property (Primary Residence*)
Assessment Rate = (10%) of value
Class II All other real property
Assessment Rate = (15%) of value
Class III Personal Property (business & industrial personal property)
Assessment Rate = (15%) of value
Class IV Utilities (appraised either locally or by the State)
Assessment Rate = (30%) of value
Class V Automobiles (valued by the State)
Assessment Rate = (30%) of value

Millage Rates

Harrison County is divided into over 30 separate taxing districts. "Z" districts have special industry exceptions. Revenues from all taxing districts provide a majority of funds for the operation of our municipalities, schools, and county government.[8]

Property Millage Rates for the Fiscal Year 2010/2011:[8]

Tax Dist. Descripton County City School Total
A County School District 43.65 0.00 44.71 88.36
B Biloxi - Inside 35.95 30.10 41.55 107.60
B.A. County School District - 2nd Judicial District 35.95 30.10 44.71 110.76
BB County School District - 2nd Judicial District 35.95 30.10 44.71 110.76
BO County School District - 1st Judicial District 35.95 30.10 44.71 110.76
DW City of DIberville Water/Sewer - County Schools 35.95 28.63 44.71 109.29
DWW City of DIberville Water/Sewer - County Schools 35.95 28.63 44.71 109.29
E County School District 43.65 0.00 44.71 88.36
EW County School District Water/Sewer 47.15 0.00 44.71 91.86
G Gulfport - Inside 35.95 34.00 60.85 130.80
GO Gulfport - County School District 35.95 34.00 44.71 114.66
I Long Beach - Outside 43.65 0.00 60.42 104.07
IW Long Beach - Outside Water/Sewer 47.15 0.00 60.42 107.57
J Long Beach - Outside 43.65 0.00 60.42 104.07
JW Long Beach - Outside Water/Sewer 47.15 0.00 60.42 107.57
K County School District 43.65 0.00 44.71 88.36
KW County School District and Water/Sewer 47.15 0.00 44.71 91.86
KWC County School District and Water/Sewer 47.15 0.00 44.71 91.86
KWG County School District and Water/Sewer 43.65 0.00 44.71 88.36
L Long Beach - Inside 35.95 48.98 60.42 145.35
M County School District 43.65 0.00 44.71 88.36
MW County School District and Water/Sewer 43.65 0.00 44.71 88.36
O County School District (Outside Hospital District) 43.65 0.00 44.71 88.36
P Pass Christian - Inside 35.95 47.46 54.69 138.10
Q Pass Christian - Outside 43.65 0.00 54.69 98.34
QW Pass Christian - Outside PC/HP Isles W/S 49.79 0.00 54.69 104.48
RW Pass Christian - Outside West Harrison 45.65 0.00 54.69 100.34
WO County School District - DIberville Water/Sewer 49.00 0.00 44.71 93.71
WW County School District - DIberville Water/Sewer 49.00 0.00 44.71 93.71
Y Special Exemption 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
ZB Special Industrial Exemptions 5.44 0.00 41.55 46.99
ZBA Special Industrial Exemptions 5.44 0.00 44.71 50.15
ZDW Special Industrial Exemptions 5.44 0.00 44.71 50.15
ZEW Special Industrial Exemptions 5.44 0.00 44.71 50.15
ZG Special Industrial Exemptions 5.44 0.00 60.85 66.29
ZGO Special Industrial Exemptions 5.44 0.00 44.71 50.15
ZI Special Industrial Exemptions 5.44 0.00 60.42 65.86
ZKW Special Industrial Exemptions 5.44 0.00 44.71 50.15
ZL Special Industrial Exemptions 5.44 0.00 60.42 65.86
ZM Special Industrial Exemptions 5.44 0.00 44.71 50.15
ZP Special Industrial Exemptions 5.44 0.00 54.69 60.13
ZQ Special Industrial Exemptions 5.44 0.00 54.69 60.13
ZR Special Industrial Exemptions 5.44 0.00 52.56 58.00

Emergency Services

Fire Services

The Harrison County Fire Services serves the areas outside the coastal cities of D'Iberville, Biloxi, Gulfport, Long Beach, and Pass Christian from Hancock County to Jackson, and up to Stone County. They are charged with protecting a primarily rural but rapidly growing area measuring approximately 408 square miles with a population of 43,931. The Harrison County Fire Service has 8 full-time paid fire personnel, 1 clerical person, 6 part-time paid personnel, and 140 volunteers.

In 2009, a new $600,000 volunteer fire station opened in Northeast Harrison County, fully equipped with two fire trucks, a tanker and a pumper. The station and new trucks were funded through a state grant and by the Harrison County Board Of Supervisors. The land was donated to the county by citizens.[12]

External links

References

  1. Meetings
  2. Agendas
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Supervisors
  4. Zoning
  5. Building Permits
  6. Bids
  7. Tax Rolls
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 millage
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Understanding Values and Taxes
  10. Records Request
  11. 11.0 11.1 County Administrator
  12. 'New fire station opens in Harrison County', WLOX.com, accessed April 28, 2011