Posts Tagged ‘City of Jackson’

Voters overwhelmingly approve new sales tax

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 […] [...]

Shooting begins in Jackson for biopic on James Brown

JACKSON — Filming is underway in Jackson for the James Brown biopic “Get On Up.” Extras arrived last week at Thalia Mara Hall, where they were transformed into fans from concert scenes in various time periods. Details of the productions are being kept under wraps, but Trish Hoffman, executive producer of the film, said filming […] [...]

City proposes sales tax to fix infrastructure woes

JACKSON — The city of Jackson is proposing an increase in sales tax to bring in additional revenue for its crumbling infrastructure. WJTV reports Mayor Chokwe Lumumba held a town hall meeting last night to discuss the one percent increase and answer questions from the community. The mayor says the city needs an estimated $1.2 […] [...]

After three years, voters finally to weigh in on sales tax

JACKSON — A local option sales tax that has sat on the books for three years finally will be offered to Jackson voters. The Clarion-Ledger reports the Jackson City Council yesterday voted to raise sales taxes one cent on every dollar, on the condition that voters approve in a referendum the higher rate By law, […] [...]

City-schools squabble continues even after settlement

JACKSON — Months after a court order supposedly settled the issue, the Jackson Public School District is once again at odds with the city government over school taxes. According to emails and a settlement offer obtained by The Clarion-Ledger, the school system contends the city broke the agreement struck in July that set the district’s […] [...]

Burn center moving from Crossgates to CMMC

BRANDON and JACKSON — Two years after a multimillion-dollar expansion, the burn center at Crossgates River Oaks Hospital is relocating to Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. The state Department of Health has issued a certificate of need to Health Management Associates approving the move from the Brandon hospital. According to a Health Department news […] [...]

City to hold meetings over major sewer/water rate hike plan

JACKSON — The city of Jackson will host a series of town hall meetings to discuss a proposed water and sewer rate hike. Water rates would rise 29 percent under the proposal, from $2.48 to $3.21 per 100 cubic feet, or 748 gallons. Sewer rates would more than double, from $2.15 to $4.47 per 100 […] [...]

New mayor to weigh city’s $90M infrastructure plan

JACKSON — The city of Jackson’s $90-million water and sewer project remains in limbo while a new administration and City Council subject it to another round of scrutiny. Under the terms of the project, known as an energy performance contract, Siemens would install new waters meters, upgrade the city’s billing software, replace equipment at the […] [...]

City pays $160K to 75 workers on disciplinary leave

JACKSON — Over the past four years, the city of Jackson has paid 75 workers at least $160,000 to stay home on disciplinary leave. The Clarion-Ledger says the total is likely much higher. The newspaper says its analysis of city records identified 1,184 days of paid disciplinary leave from January 2009 to May 2013. But […] [...]

Texas developer frustrated by latest Jackson convention hotel deal

An Austin, Texas, hotel development company says it feels slighted that the City of Jackson is not giving it an opportunity to make a proposal to build a convention center hotel. The hotel opportunity instead is going to Tampa, Fla.’s Robinson Callen Development in a $60-million deal the Jackson Redevelopment Authority approved on June 18 […] [...]

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