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Biloxi: Casino rent belongs in our pockets

Biloxi city attorneys have argued that more than $1 million of casino rent money that was put into the state’s general fund defies a court settlement that mandates the money be paid to the city.

The Sun Herald reports city representatives squared off against an attorney for the Secretary of State’s office during a court hearing in Hancock County Chancery Court on Thursday before Judge Jennifer Schloegel.

The state argued legislation supersedes previous court settlements.

Biloxi is trying to recoup the $1.18 million in back rent payment and establish a future agreement that would put authority over the money in city hands. The agreement would remove the Secretary of State as trustee of the funds.

A date for the next court hearing has not yet been set.



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  1. Do you suppose Biloxi and Gulfport and Bay St. Louis know they are not getting any of the sales tax revenue generated by the casinos – that is, unless something has recently changed. A number of years ago the Department of Revenue told the casinos they needed to have “direct pay permits” and then report their sales taxes on a “use tax return”. Municipalities do not get a percentage of use taxes, only sales taxes. The city’s are entitled to their piece of the sales taxes according to law, but there’s been a little end run to avoid that in a number of cases. The same kind of thing holds true for most manufacturing businesses – they have direct pay permits and report sales taxes as if they were use taxes. Maybe the MBJ could do a little investigating into that and at least let everybody know what’s going on.

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