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Communities want to set local sales tax, not Legislature

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Municipal officials are again proposing a 1 percent local sales tax as a way to build parks, improve water systems and get crumbling streets back into shape. They need a change in state law to move forward. Legislators have resisted local tax proposals for years, and it’s not clear whether 2013 will be different. Under two bills ...

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Small Delta community gets repaid for clerk's embezzlement

ANGUILLA — State Auditor Stacey Pickering has presented the town of Anguilla with a $108,000 check to restore funds allegedly embezzled by a former clerk. Pickering says in a news release that an investigation showed town clerk Manika Kelly allegedly embezzled funds from the town’s water and sewer accounts from October 2006 to November 2011. Kelly was town clerk from ...

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Officials approve fracking on town-owned property

CALEDONIA — Caledonia officials will allow an oil company to a fracking process to drill on town-owned land. The Commercial Dispatch reports the town signed an agreement with Fletcher Petroleum Corp. of Fairhope, Ala. The town received $100 for a three-year lease on a three-quarter-acre parcel. Hydraulic fracturing involves drilling horizontally instead of straight down, using high-pressure jets of water, ...

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Town to use sales tax collections to pay off loan from state

SUMMIT — The Summit Town Council has agreed to divert more than $7,000 in monthly sales tax revenues to pay off a $1.4-million debt to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, which is bankrolling the town’s new wastewater treatment facility. Town Clerk Pat Whittington tells the Enterprise-Journal DEQ officials stipulated in their loan agreement with the town that the monthly ...

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Tornado-torn town gets first look at recovery plan

SMITHVILLE — Smithville officials are looking at the first draft of what they are calling the road map to the future. WTVA-TV in Tupelo reports the comprehensive plan had been in the words before the April 27, 2011, tornado devastated the northeast Mississippi town. A grant from Appalachian Region Commission helped the town complete the rough draft of the plan ...

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