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Lawmakers say no to cities' request for new sales tax

It appears two Mississippi cities will not receive authority to enact a new sales tax. A Senate chairman said Friday that Mississippi lawmakers won’t authorize Hattiesburg or Greenville to set a 1 percent local sales tax, as the two cities requested. “We’re not going to do that,” Local and Private Committee Chairman Perry Lee, R-Mendenhall, told The Associated Press. Legislative ...

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Hub City wants lawmakers to extend lodging tax

HATTIESBURG — Travelers stopping for the night in the city of Hattiesburg could continue to pay a 2 percent lodging fee until June 2018 if legislators act on city officials’ request. The Hattiesburg American reports the city council unanimously adopted a resolution, requesting that the Legislature amend the legislation that created the Hattiesburg Tourism Commission and extend the special tax. ...

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City council gives nod to sales tax for Progress Hattiesburg

HATTIESBURG — The Hattiesburg City Council lent its support to a bill that would provide a process for Mississippi cities to raise revenue through an optional sales tax that would be earmarked for infrastructure projects. The question is whether the Legislature will be interested in supporting the “Citizens for Economic Development Act.” The Hattiesburg American reports the council voted 5-0 ...

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Mayor wants new sales tax for 'Progress Hattiesburg'

HATTIESBURG — It may be too late for the 2014 wish list, but Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree said he is interested in revisiting the addition of a 1 percent sales tax that could provide the city as much as $10 million annually. That initiative, dubbed “Progress Hattiesburg,” failed to win the necessary approval from the state Legislature during its 2007 ...

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Mayor takes blame not telling council of gas card investigation

HATTIESBURG — Mayor Johnny DuPree is taking the blame for failing to notify Hattiesburg City Council members about an investigation into fraudulent city employee gas charges. Ward 3 Councilman Carter Carroll complained at Tuesday’s council meeting that he and his colleagues were kept in the dark about the six-month Hattiesburg Police Department investigation into fraudulent gas card expenses. Two of ...

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Businesses sue city over street improvement project

HATTIESBURG — Four businesses on a busy Hattiesburg Street are suing Hattiesburg city government, claiming a street improvement project has cost them customers. The project on Hardy Street began Oct. 30, 2012, according to The Hattiesburg American. The work is nearly complete and traffic is flowing again. But Justin Green says customers have gotten out of the habit of stopping ...

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Hosemann eyeing absentee ballots from controversial mayoral election

HATTIESBURG — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is examining absentee ballots from Hattiesburg’s recent special election. The review will not change the outcome of the election. Incumbent Democrat Johnny DuPree won a fourth term by 202 votes over challenger Dave Ware, after the initial vote was thrown out by Forrest County Circuit Judge William Coleman. Hosemann has requested that copies ...

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Dupree claims victory in Hub City mayoral race

HATTIESBURG — Johnny Dupree has apparently won a fourth term as mayor of Hattiesburg. After affidavit ballots were tallied Saturday at Hattiesburg City Hall, DuPree, a Democrat, had received 7,512 votes to 7,305 votes for independent challenger Dave Ware. DuPree and Ware, along with Shawn O’Hara, faced off in a special mayoral election Tuesday. Specially appointed Judge William Coleman ordered ...

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Officials to continue to count ballots in Hub City mayoral race

HATTIESBURG — Ballot counting will stretch into a third day for Hattiesburg’s second mayoral election this year. The special election was Tuesday, and officials spent hours yesterday counting and examining absentee ballots. They stopped just before 5 p.m. yesterday and are scheduled to start again about 9 a.m. today. Independent Dave Ware had a 32-vote lead over three-term Democratic incumbent ...

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Ware holds slim lead over DuPree for Hub City mayor

HATTIESBURG — Early returns show independent Dave Ware taking a very slim lead over Democratic incumbent Johnny DuPree in a special election for Hattiesburg mayor with absentee votes still uncounted. The Hattiesburg American said Ware led 6,848 votes to 6,816 for DuPree with all 14 precincts reporting late last night. It said the race remained undecided with 1,055 absentee ballots ...

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