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16th Section revenue tops $89 million

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said Monday that revenue from 16th Section land leases reached $89.2 million for fiscal year 2012, which ended last July. The money goes to school districts. “This $89 million will help alleviate some of the financial headaches faced by our school districts today,” Hosemann said in a press release. “In times of serious cutbacks and ...

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Hosemann plans fight to keep 16th section lease oversight

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann plans to spend at least part of the 2013 legislative session opposing a measure that would take 16th section land lease oversight from him and give it to individual school boards. Hosemann, in his role as the state’s land officer, oversees the management and the leasing of Mississippi’s 640,000 acres of 16th section lands. Of ...

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Schools want to re-negotiate 16th Section lease agreement with MDWFP

HANCOCK COUNTY — The Bay-Waveland School District is hoping to re-negotiate a 40-year-old lease in hopes of bringing in more money for the schools. According to public records, the district in conjunction with the Hancock County School District agreed to a 99-year lease of 16th Section land with the state Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Department for only $2,400 a year. ...

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Man indicted for 16th Section timber theft

PICAYUNE — A Pearl River County grand jury has indicted Harold E. Simmons on three counts of timber theft. The Secretary of State’s Office says Simmons had access to timber on 16th Section land after winning a bid to cut the timber for two of the county’s school districts. He is accused of taking about $375,000 worth of unreported timber ...

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School districts monitor leases

HATTIESBURG — South Mississippi school districts have not been lax when it comes to keeping tabs on their 16th Section land. “We do monitor it very closely,” said Ben Burnett, Lamar County School District superintendent. “It’s something that we’ve improved upon a good bit, as far as our collections, and it’s an important revenue source for us.” Sixteenth Section land ...

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SoS, Fannie Mae reach agreement

MADISON COUNTY — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and Fannie Mae have reached a new agreement regarding Madison County 16th Section residential leases. “In discussions with Madison County 16th Section residents, our office was made aware of a problem of Fannie Mae requiring leaseholders to obtain a new lease when they wished to refinance their home loan,” said Hosemann. “This ...

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