Utilizing 2014 Lamar County Tax Assessor data (the most recent data available), it was determined that the total assessed value in Bellevue was approximately $66,000,000. The table above illustrates the total tax dollars that could be generated utilizing a range of millage rates applied to the assessed value for Bellevue.
According to the State Department of Revenue, the total sales tax collections for calendar year 2014 (the most recent data available), was approximately $1,700,000 resulting in approximately $323,565 in potential sales tax diversions to Bellevue.
Other potential sources of revenue:
State of Mississippi law requires an interim mayor-board of aldermen be named in the incorporation petition. Thus, the following non-paid volunteers have stepped forward for the duration of the incorporation process:
Once incorporated, the City of Bellevue will be required to hold municipal elections for the mayor and board of aldermen during the next scheduled Mississippi election cycle.
Long-term planning for our city ensures architectural standards, continuity, and increased property values.
Local self-governance gives our community the ability to control its future.
Taxes paid locally should benefit us locally -- in Lamar County. Your property taxes for this city will remain in Lamar County and will be used to benefit Bellevue and its residents. We will keep sales taxes in Bellevue. Right now, all sales tax paid in the Bellevue area go to the State of Mississippi. The City of Bellevue would get to keep 18% of the sales tax collected within the city limits will all proceeds benefitting our city and our residents.
Enhanced Fire Protection: The City of Bellevue will be able to take steps necessary to improve our fire rating -- adding fire hydrants, employing additional full time fire protection personnel, and imposing a building code. These improvements have the ability to change our rating from a Class 8 to a Class 7, which is significant and leads to insurance premium savings for property owners.
Enhanced Police Protection: The Lamar County Sheriff's Department does an excellent job preserving the peace in our county. However, they currently do not have the staff to highly saturate the entire county, 500 square miles, with deputies at all hours. Initially, the City of Bellevue, through an interlocal agreement with the county, would be able to provide 2 to 3 full-time deputies at all hours within our 15 square miles of city. Providing increased public safety personnel is critical to our ability to continue on our path of progress.
Quality of Life -- We live in a very nice community, and we appreciate the work that Lamar County has done to support it. Our community is developing with high standards and architectural continuity, and with a vision and planning, we can keep it that way.
Incorporation is the natural, logical progression of our residential and commercial growth in Bellevue.
The City of Bellevue has a lovely future, a place for families and friends to share their lives together in happiness. Bring your love for our community together to "incorporate today for a better tomorrow".
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