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Court ruling on Section 42 leaves taxpayers on hook for tax repayments

JACKSON — While some 14 Mississippi counties owe Section 42 housing developers millions in over-charged taxes, Hinds County’s taxpayers are not exposed to such refunds as the tax assessor has levied assessments according to the state law. Tax Assessor Charles Stokes said Hinds County taxpayers can rest assured his office has calculated property taxes appropriately. “It’s the law and we ...

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Lawmakers pass new bill concerning DOR's tax collections

JACKSON — Lawmakers are moving ahead with changes to tax collections that the state Department of Revenue warns could ultimately cost Mississippi more than $100 million a year. Supporters, though, say the department’s tax collection powers put taxpayers at an unfair disadvantage, especially after a recent state Supreme Court decision. They also dispute whether the bill will decrease revenue by ...

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Palmertree blocked from using public funds for legal defense

VICKSBURG — Hinds County Chancery Court Judge Dewayne Thomas has ordered Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Palmertree to no longer use taxpayer money to pay for her attorneys’ fees, according to State Auditor Stacey Pickering. Thomas opined that he believes the action before the court is a personal action by Palmertree and not an action in the fulfillment of her ...

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City to hold meetings over major sewer/water rate hike plan

JACKSON — The city of Jackson will host a series of town hall meetings to discuss a proposed water and sewer rate hike. Water rates would rise 29 percent under the proposal, from $2.48 to $3.21 per 100 cubic feet, or 748 gallons. Sewer rates would more than double, from $2.15 to $4.47 per 100 cubic feet. With those rates, ...

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Ex-mayor's embezzlement trial rescheduled again

SOUTHAVEN — Former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis’ trial on charges of embezzlement and false pretense has been rescheduled for a second time. DeSoto County District Attorney John Champion tells The Commercial Appeal Davis’ trial was scheduled for Aug. 19 but has been continued until Dec. 9. Davis, 47, was indicted by a DeSoto County grand jury on the felony charges ...

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Delays with aquarium project leave taxpayers on the hook

D’IBERVILLE — City officials expected D’Iberville’s Ocean Expo Aquarium to be built and open by now and ticket prices to cover the cost of repaying the bond to purchase the land. Instead the city may have to make the initial $318,668 payment — due in September — out of the general fund. Unless the payments can be deferred or otherwise ...

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Delta road project getting opposition from residents

GREENWOOD — Plans for the first phase of the anticipated Viking Road connector are underway, but some Leflore County taxpayers wish they weren’t. The proposed road is supposed to connect Mississippi Highway 7 to U.S. Highway 49, but the plan has been split into two phases because of a lack of funding. Phase I will connect Mississippi 7 to the ...

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County wants Entergy customer records; utility says it's 'fishing'

MADISON COUNTY — County officials are seeking customer information on 25,000 Madison County residents from Entergy Mississippi in an ongoing investigation of homestead exemption fraud, but the utility is fighting what it calls “a fishing expedition” in a case before the Mississippi Supreme Court. “The only thing we’re asking from Entergy are regularly kept business records,” said Madison County District ...

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Stolen Katrina-related recovery funds returned to FEMA

KILN — More than $1.1 million in stolen taxpayer money has been returned to FEMA in a forfeiture order against former Hancock County road manager Roger Joe Ladner of Kiln. U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis tells The Sun Herald his office has returned the money Ladner took in a conspiracy to steal from the government. Ladner and three relatives were ...

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Auditor meets with Foundation over agency-owned boats

BILOXI — State Auditor Stacey Pickering has met with Mississippi Department of Marine Resource Foundation board members concerning boats owned by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR). The board agreed to meet within the next seven to 10 days to discuss transferring ownership of two boats that were being leased from the DMR Foundation by DMR. Total taxpayers assets ...

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