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School district brings Chevron tax-sharing lawsuit

PASCAGOULA — The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear arguments June 13 on the Pascagoula School District’s challenge to a 2007 state law that requires it to share future tax dollars generated from Chevron facilities with other school districts.

A judge upheld the constitutionality of the law last May. The Pascagoula School District appealed the ruling to the Supreme Court.

The law, authored by former Sen. Tommy Robertson, R-Moss Point, requires that property taxes generated from new expansions at Chevron Refinery and liquefied natural gas facilities in Pascagoula would be shared among the Pascagoula district and the Moss Point, Ocean Springs and Jackson County school districts.

Under the law, Pascagoula receives 29 percent of tax dollars. The other districts would split the remaining 71 percent based on enrollment.

Pascagoula filed the lawsuit, hoping the law would be ruled unconstitutional and it would avoid that split and get the entire property tax collection, officials have said.

Chevron is Jackson County’s largest taxpayer. In January, Chevron made a $35.6 million property in property taxes to Jackson County.

Source: AP

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