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No property tax rate hike in Gulfport

City Manager Jim O'Reilly is pleased the city hasn't raised the property tax rate in six years.
City Manager Jim O'Reilly is pleased the city hasn't raised the property tax rate in six years.
Published Oct. 6, 2017

GULFPORT — The city's property tax rate will not increase for the sixth year in a row.

The City Council unanimously approved a property tax rate of about $4.04 for each $1,000 of assessed, taxable value. A home valued at $100,000 after homestead exemptions would pay $404 in property taxes.

Property values in Gulfport have increased by almost 8 percent, which adds about $235,000 in revenues to the city's 2017-2018 budget.

Non-union city employees, working in divisions like sewer, storm water and sanitation, and at the library, received a 3.5 percent raise.

Police and fire department employees have annual salary increases, ranging from 2 to 3 percent, based on a pay plan approved in 2015 as part of their union contracts.

"The number one thing is to provide a high level of personal service to the residents," City Manager James O'Reilly said last week. "We operate much like a larger city at very affordable costs to our residents."

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