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Waterway District sues county over unpaid membership allocation

LAMAR COUNTY — The Pat Harrison Waterway District has filed suit against Lamar County for not paying its $390,000 membership allocation for fiscal year 2011-12.

The Hattiesburg American reports the district filed a petition May 3 in Forrest County Chancery Court, listing the county, its Board of Supervisors president Joe Bounds and tax assessor/collector Jack Smith as defendants.

The petition alleges that Bounds wrote a letter on or about Sept. 6, 2011 to Hiram Boone, Pat Harrison Waterway District executive director, attempting to withdraw from the district.

The petition asserts that the ties between the district and Lamar County had not been severed officially when the new fiscal year kicked in Oct. 1, 2011.

Board of Supervisors attorney Perry Phillips declined to comment on the specifics of the case.

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