ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — As state land commissioner, the Secretary of State’s Office recently reviewed all deeds and records of land owned by State agencies.
“When I first took office, no one could tell me exactly how much land the State of Mississippi owned,” said Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “The initial findings of our inventory of state-owned lands indicate that number is substantial.”
The amount of land owned by the state is estimated at 392,547 acres. The inventory does not include public trust tidelands or sixteenth section lands.
“In these lean budget times, we need to identify which parcels of state-owned land are not being used and may be better served back on the county tax rolls through private development,” said Hosemann. “We also need to better manage our state properties. It makes no sense for the state to purchase land for one Agency if another agency owns land, which is lying dormant. This first-ever, documented inventory will enable the state to identify and resolve those issues.”