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Court: Fees paid to private lawyers to represent state are public funds

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled yesterday in two cases that legal fees paid to private lawyers to represent the state are public funds. Justices said because the money belongs to the public, it should’ve been paid out to the lawyers from the attorney general’s contingent fund or from other money appropriated to the […] [...]

Coast city decides not to appeal decision on proposed annexation

PASS CHRISTIAN — The city of Pass Christian has now decided it won’t appeal a judge’s decision denying the city’s request to annex 5.4 square miles in Harrison County. The Sea Coast Echo reports the board of aldermen reached that decision this week after Mayor Chipper McDermott said an appeal would cost $60,000. Aldermen then […] [...]

City looking to push out closer to highway bypass

OKOLONA — Okolona officials want to push the city limits out closer to the U.S. 45 Bypass. Mayor Louise Cole tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal moving the city limits eastward to within about a tenth of a mile of the bypass might attract a hotel and restaurant to the area. Robert Shinn, who lives […] [...]

Mayor endorses proposed countywide sales tax

PICAYUNE — Picayune Mayor Ed Pinero Jr. has endorsed a proposal for a 1-cent countywide sales tax, which would also be applied in the Pearl River County’s two municipalities, Picayune and Poplarville. The tax was initially proposed by county Supervisor Anthony Hales Sr. Pinero tells the Picayune Item his support depends on whether or not […] [...]

Tax-forfeited properties up for bid in Port City

GREENVILLE — Eighty tax-forfeited parcels at a value of over $265,000 in the Greenville area up for bid, and Greenville Mayor Chuck Jordan and Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann held a joint press conference yesterday to market these lands. “Tax-forfeited properties are a drain on the community, the state and your local tax rolls,” said […] [...]

Coast city to appeal judge’s decision on proposed annexation

PASS CHRISTIAN — The city of Pass Christian plans to appeal a judge’s decision denying the city’s request to annex 5.4 square miles in Harrison County. That’s according to a court notice the city has filed. The Sun Herald reports the city will appeal to the state Supreme Court the ruling specially appointed Chancellor Hollis […] [...]

City sets new sales tax record, but officials still concerned

BROOKHAVEN — Brookhaven’s latest sales tax report showed record numbers, but some officials don’t want to get too excited just yet because the city is lagging behind some neighbors. The Daily Leader reports Brookhaven’s March sales tax report came in at $415,468.14. In March 2011, it was $400,912.36. Mayor Les Bumgarner says that’s the highest […] [...]

Auditor’s Office tells city to put tax money in escrow

HORN LAKE — The state Auditor’s Office says Horn Lake needs to place money collected from an unauthorized hotel-motel tax into an escrow account until the issue is resolved. City officials told The Commercial Appeal yesterday they have already been doing so. The issue stems from a $2 per night tax on hotel and motel […] [...]

Legislature completes work on $5.6B state budget

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers have completed their part of the state budget process, passing a final batch of appropriations bills. The overall $5.6 billion budget is for fiscal 2013, which begins July 1. The House and Senate yesterday passed bills giving funds to the Mississippi Development Authority, the Department of Finance and Administration, and the […] [...]

Lawmakers pass new income tax credit legislation

JACKSON — A bill to give businesses a larger income tax credit when they pay inventory taxes is headed to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant. The final version of Senate Bill 2934 passed the Senate yesterday, two days after clearing the House. The bill would increase the tax credit in phases. First, it would double the […] [...]

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