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Natchez sales tax collections drop off

NATCHEZ — Natchez sales tax collections dropped nearly 7 percent in August compared to 2014. But city officials say the drop may not be a reason to panic. Sales tax, a component of city revenue that in Natchez is highly linked to tourism, dropped to just under $447,000 in August 2015 from last year’s $479,000. City Clerk Donnie Holloway tells ...

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Hattiesburg 2015-16 levy will include tax increase

HATTIESBURG — The Hattiesburg City Council has voted to raise residents’ tax rates for the first time since at least 2001. Council approved 4-0 Tuesday a 114.1-mill tax levy for fiscal year 2015-16, an increase of 2.1 mills. The Hattiesburg American reports (http://hatne.ws/1Npa2W1) the council is expected to vote Sept. 22 on a proposed $138.3 million budget that would kick ...

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Ridgeland officials consider first tax increase in 26 years

RIDGE LAND — For the first time in 26 years, the mayor and board of alderman in Ridgeland are considering a tax increase. Mayor Gene McGee told The Clarion-Ledger taxpayers with a $100,000 home would see an annual increase of $10 to $15 on their property taxes. Citing lagging sales tax and other contributing factors, McGee said the city has had ...

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Drop in casino revenue means tax hike likely by levee board

CLARKSDALE — The Yazoo Mississippi Delta Levee Board has scheduled a public meeting July 9 on a proposed tax increase. Since 1996, levee board has not raised taxes. The Clarkdale Press Register reports that’s likely to change. The levee board — which is tasked with maintaining the levee system in 12 counties — got its revenue from casino rentals. The ...

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Mississippi May revenue collections slow

JACKSON — Mississippi tax collections for May were $107.2 million below what state officials had expected. The shortfall leaves revenue $84.5 million below what officials estimated would be collected through May. The fiscal year ends June 30. While disappointed with the revenue collections, House Appropriations Chair Herb Frierson, R-Poplarville, said the state’s fiscal condition is healthy. He says the state ...

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Bill would use casino taxes for bridges, little for tourism

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers met Sunday and neared final approval of House Bill 1630, which would use $36 million a year in casino taxes mainly to rebuild deficient bridges on state highways. Lawmakers agreed after casinos opened to use that revenue stream for road projects to improve access to casinos. But with those projects completed and bonds mostly paid off, ...

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Analysis: MAS targets unfunded mandates on counties

JACKSON — The Mississippi Association of Supervisors is rallying the rank and file to oppose several bills making their way through the 2015 Legislature. Among them are bills to boost the salaries of court reporters, constables and sheriffs. The association considers them unfunded mandates. All appear to have overwhelming support in the Legislature. The association lobbies on behalf of the ...

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Miss. lawmakers propose property tax break for seniors

JACKSON — Mississippi homeowners older than 65 could get a break on their property taxes under a proposal some lawmakers are pushing. The House Ways and Means Committee Tuesday approved House Bill 216 (http://bit.ly/1EKr4FR), which would freeze assessed values of senior citizen-owned homes unless they are renovated. Taxes could still rise if local governments raise tax rates. Rep. Manly Barton, ...

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Senate backs convention to mandate federal balanced budget

JACKSON — State senators want to sign Mississippi onto a plan for a nationwide constitutional convention that would force the federal government to balance its budget and require states’ permission to increase the national debt. The Senate voted 30-18 Wednesday to pass Senate Bill 2389, seeking a convention. The measure moves to the House for more debate. The plan, promoted ...

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Tourism group asks Jackson County for room tax

PASCAGOULA — The Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau has asked Jackson County supervisors for a 2 percent nightly occupancy tax on hotel rooms to support tourism. Harrison and Hancock counties have heads-on-beds taxes in place that raise money to support the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau. Jackson County does not. Pascagoula, Moss Point and Ocean ...

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