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City council trims department heads’ pay

MERIDIAN — The City Council has voted to cut the salaries of some department heads. Mayor Percy Bland, who was elected in June, replaced some department heads and kept others. In doing so, he set higher pay for directors of community development, homeland security and the chief of police. The chief administrative officer’s salary was […] [...]

Utility Authority gives nod to nearly $7M budget

HERNANDO — The DeSoto County Regional Utility Authority board has approved a $6.68 million budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. Under the blueprint, Olive Branch, Southaven, Horn Lake, Hernando and Walls will be charged $3.19 per 1,000 gallons of treated wastewater, a 34-cent increase from the fiscal 2013 rate of 2.85. The […] [...]

Aldermen vote to move up pay raise for themselves, mayor

STARKVILLE — Starkville aldermen have voted to move up a pending pay raise for themselves and Mayor Parker Wiseman by a year. The action came Tuesday on a 5-2 vote by the board of aldermen. The pay raise is a $3,000 increase to $15,000 annually for aldermen and an $11,500 raise to $71,500 annually for […] [...]

City borrowing for convention center improvements

COLUMBUS — The city of Columbus will borrow up to $2.5 million to finance renovations at the Trotter Convention Center. The city council voted to borrow the money from the Mississippi Development Bank. The city also will use in-lieu fees from Columbus Light & Water of about $225,000 a year to service its debt. The […] [...]

City, county hope data processing facility announcement comes soon

STARKVILLE — Starkville and Oktibbeha County officials are hoping for an announcement as early as October on a proposed $20 million data processing facility. The Commercial Dispatch reports that Joey Deason, Oktibbeha County’s representative with the Golden Triangle Development Link, said a tentative announcement date of Oct. 3 has been set for what is called […] [...]

Officials vote for referendum on proposed lodging tax

HORN LAKE — Aldermen have approved a resolution confirming the Oct. 8 referendum date for a proposed hotel/motel tax levy designed to boost the city of Horn Lake’s tourism and economic development funds. The Commercial Appeal reports the board in August voted to hold a referendum on the proposed tax, which would place a $2 […] [...]

Hosemann orders observers for special mayoral election

HATTIESBURG — The secretary of state’s office will have observers in all 14 precincts and for the vote count in the Sept. 24 election for mayor of Hattiesburg. Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree’s 37-vote victory in June over former City Councilman Dave Ware was challenged in court and eventually led to the second election. The new […] [...]

Fight between property owner and city goes to appeals court

MADISON — Property owner Mike Crook’s fight with the city of Madison over an ordinance he claims is designed to keep renters out of the Jackson suburb has made its way to the state Court of Appeals. Oral arguments are set Oct. 15 in Jackson. Crook was convicted in 2011 of violating the ordinance and […] [...]

Baseball team owner wants quick vote on stadium

BILOXI — Ken Young is ready to bring a minor league baseball team to Biloxi. He said yesterday he’s hoping for a vote by the end of the month so the stadium can be built in time for the start of the 2015 season. The Sun Herald reports the vote isn’t on the agenda for […] [...]

City to hike water rates, fees but not raise taxes

NATCHEZ — The city of Natchez may not be raising taxes, but an increase in water rates and inspection fees may be in residents’ futures. In an effort to prevent a city-wide tax increase, The Natchez Democrat reports Mayor Butch Brown and the board of aldermen discussed both issues during a work session yesterday. Aldermen […] [...]

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