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Voters overwhelmingly approve new sales tax

by Associated Press Published: January 15,2014

Tags: Chokwe Lumumba, city government, City of Jackson, infrastructure, referendum, Sales Tax, vote, voter

JACKSON — City of Jackson voters have overwhelmingly approved a one percent sales tax in what city leaders hope will represent a turning point in their push to reverse decades of urban decay. With 97 percent of the precincts reporting yesterday evening, The Clarion-Ledger reports some 90 percent of voters had voted in favor of […] [...]

City wants return of auditorium ownership from state

VICKSBURG — The city of Vicksburg wants its auditorium back. The State of Mississippi currently owns the auditorium. The city deeded it to the state in 1985 to take advantage of $1.15 million in state bond money to upgrade the auditorium. The money had been earmarked in 1972 for the Sprague, which was destroyed by […] [...]

City sets new ordinance for adult business

OXFORD — The city of Oxford has a new ordinance regulating adult businesses. The Oxford Eagle reports that the board of aldermen adopted the ordinance this past week. The ordinance that sets up two adult entertainment districts inside the city limits where clubs could operate. The city had an ordinance before 2004 that was less […] [...]

City, York hammer out 30-year contract for wastewater treatment

by Associated Press Published: January 10,2014

Tags: Bennett York, city government, City of Hattiesburg, contract, Groundworx LLC, sewage, treatment, wastewater, York

HATTIESBURG — Over the years, developer Bennett York had turned to land-application disposal methods to disperse treated wastewater from his developments at Canebrake, Bellegrass and Big Bay. The Hattiesburg American reports York and Hattiesburg cemented a partnership that will develop one of the largest land-application treatment systems in Mississippi. City council voted 4-1 to approve […] [...]

Commission approves design of new bridge

NATCHEZ — The City of Natchez’s Bridge of Sighs project has been approved by a local preservation commission. The Natchez Preservation Commission on Tuesday approved a conceptual design by landscape architect Jared Acy. The Natchez Democrat reports that the project had been delayed for past couple of months after the commission asked the City of […] [...]

City leaders want extension of tourism tax

SOUTHAVEN — The city of Southaven’s 1-cent tourism tax on restaurant tabs is set to expire this year, and officials are working to stop that from happening. The Commercial Appeals reports the Board of Aldermen this week unanimously passed a resolution asking that the Mississippi Legislature to remove the repealer clause that would cause the […] [...]

Ex-Vicksburg mayor reports to federal prison in Florida

by Associated Press Published: January 8,2014

Tags: bribery, Chris Burke, city government, city of Vicksburg, mayor, Paul Winfield, prison

VICKSBURG — Former Vicksburg mayor Paul Winfield has reported to a federal prison to begin serving about two years in a federal bribery case. Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke says the 40-year-old Winfield arrived Monday at a minimum security prison in Pensacola, Fla. Winfield, a Democrat, was arrested by the FBI at his […] [...]

City council gives nod to sales tax for Progress Hattiesburg

HATTIESBURG — The Hattiesburg City Council lent its support to a bill that would provide a process for Mississippi cities to raise revenue through an optional sales tax that would be earmarked for infrastructure projects. The question is whether the Legislature will be interested in supporting the “Citizens for Economic Development Act.” The Hattiesburg American […] [...]

Flaggs wants to see city restore its bond rating

by Associated Press Published: January 6,2014

Tags: bond, bond rating, city government, city of Vicksburg, credit, debt, finance, George Flaggs Jr., mayor

VICKSBURG — Mayor George Flaggs Jr. has said several times since taking office he wanted to get Vicksburg’s bond rating restored in January. He now says city officials may wait a bit longer. “Even though I think we’re ready, I’m told that you do not want to apply unless you are ready to borrow money,” […] [...]

Mayor wants new sales tax for ‘Progress Hattiesburg’

by Associated Press Published: January 6,2014

Tags: city government, City of Hattiesburg, Johnny Dupree, mayor, Progress Hattiesburg, Sales Tax

HATTIESBURG — It may be too late for the 2014 wish list, but Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree said he is interested in revisiting the addition of a 1 percent sales tax that could provide the city as much as $10 million annually. That initiative, dubbed “Progress Hattiesburg,” failed to win the necessary approval from the […] [...]

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