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Brown: People ‘sick of hearing’ about inadequate education funding

BILOXI — State education leaders said at a Mississippi Municipal League school funding forum that when the state doesn’t fully fund schools, the bill winds up being the problem of local governments. State Rep. Cecil Brown, D-Jackson, said people are “sick of hearing we don’t have the money to fully fund education,” adding that next […] [...]

McGee named to board; only Miss. mayor in group

RIDGELAND — Mayor Gene McGee has been named to the board of directors of the National League of Cities. The Clarion-Ledger reports McGee will serve as two-year term. The group focuses on building better communities. McGee is Mississippi’s only representative on the board. [...]

Mayor proposes using rainy day money for city’s debt

TUPELO — Mayor Jason Shelton wants to use about $5 million from the city’s rainy day fund to pay off part of its $30 million in bonds. That could save up to $825,000 in interest over seven years, freeing up cash for big capital items such as fire trucks or tornado sirens, he told The […] [...]

Voters approve new lodging tax in Horn Lake; turn out low

HORN LAKE — Horn Lake voters handily approved a $2-per-night tax on hotel and motel stays, providing a financial boost that city officials will use to promote economic development. According to complete but unofficial totals, the proposed tax got 415 favorable votes, or 91.4 percent, compared to 39 votes, or 8.6 percent, against it. As […] [...]

Communities buy more time for Katrina aid forgiveness

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — With the deadline extended for federal forgiveness on Hurricane Katrina disaster loans, political entities on the Mississippi Coast are asking one last time. The cancellation deadline has been extended to April 2014, former Bay St. Louis Mayor Eddie Favre told the Sun Herald. In addition, political jurisdictions are allowed to show […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Officials hopeful voters will vote in new lodging tax

HORN LAKE — Horn Lake officials are hoping voters will turn out in significant numbers tomorrow to approve a hotel-motel tax designed to generate revenue to promote the city. The proposal calls for a $2-per-night tax on all hotel and motel stays within the city limits, potentially generating thousands of dollars a year that would […] [...]

Casino developers given 15-day deadline for lease renewal

D’IBERVILLE — The developers of Oyster Bay Casino have 15 days to renew their lease for Fountain Beach and they say they will. The Sun Herald reports the lease has expired today on the city-owned Back Bay land where the developers want to build a casino. The mayor and City Council voted this week to […] [...]

Close vote expected on proposed baseball stadium

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — The vote to finance construction of a minor league baseball stadium in downtown Biloxi is expected Tuesday after a public hearing and it’s expected to be close. The state contributed a $15 million grant from BP to build the stadium. The council now must decide if the city should back a […] [...]

Another financial plan for proposed mall earns approval

SOUTHAVEN — A new financing plan has surfaced to pay for roads, water and sewer for a proposed outlet mall to be built in Southaven. The Commercial Appeal reports Southaven Board of Aldermen and the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors agreed last year to a $15-million tax increment financing plan to offset the costs of […] [...]

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