Harrison County, Mississippi
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.
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Last rated on August 27, 2012.
- Elected Officials
- County supervisors are listed with contact information.
- Administrative Officials
- Administrative officials are listed under respective departments.
- Building Permits and Zoning
- Bids for upcoming contracts online.
- Local Taxes
- Budgets are not provided.
- Meeting minutes are not available.
- Audits are not available.
- Current contracts not available.
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- 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.
All meetings begin at 9:30 a.m., unless otherwise announced. Meetings of the Board of Supervisors are open to the general public.
Pamela Ulrich - County Administrator.
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.
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.
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.
|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
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.
Property Millage Rates for the Fiscal Year 2010/2011:
|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|
|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|
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.
- Harrison County official website
- Harrison County Sheriff
- Harrison County free public records search
- County profile on E-podunk
- Harrison County School District
- Building Permits
- Tax Rolls
- Understanding Values and Taxes
- Records Request
- County Administrator
- 'New fire station opens in Harrison County', WLOX.com, accessed April 28, 2011