Aldermen scrap revamping of building codes due to budget woes

OCEAN SPRINGS — Aldermen have decided not to spend money for an update to the codes that govern how the city of Ocean Springs will develop.

The Sun Herald reports the cost was $25,000 to hire a professional to go through the city’s zoning and other codes to make them better at protecting the city’s look and development.

But even though aldermen and several groups said it was needed, aldermen voted yesterday not to spend the money on it in an effort to help get the city out of deficit spending this year.

City Clerk Shelly Ferguson told the board she is projecting a $164,000 deficit at the end of the budget year in September, which means that amount would have to be pulled from emergency reserves.

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