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Presley alerts farmers to new sales tax break on energy bills

JACKSON — Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley is notifying agricultural businesses in Mississippi of a change in tax law that may lower their utility bills. The change, which went into effect July 1, exempts certain agricultural business from being charged state sales tax on their energy bills, particularly bills for electric and natural gas service. The new exemption applies where ...

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Company agrees to pay outstanding gas bill of former casino

VICKSBURG — Bally Technologies Inc. and the city of Vicksburg have agreed on a payment for the almost five years the city under-billed the former Rainbow Casino for natural gas service from 2005 to 2010. The Vicksburg Post reports Bally will pay the city $175,000, about 46 percent less than the $378,234 the city said Bally owed for natural gas ...

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BBB issues alert involving Mississippi Power scam

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi chapter of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) BBB is warning of a utility scam targeting Mississippi Power customers. John O’Hara, president and CEO of BBB Mississippi, reports that these type of scams will move from utility company to utility company and spread throughout our state. These scams will also move from utility company to utility ...

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Mississippi Power: Don't be left in dark by scammers

A Mississippi utility has issued a warning — don’t be left in the dark by con artists. Mississippi Power reports scammers, attempting to pass themselves off as company employees, are contacting the Gulfport-based utility’s customers and telling them they are behind on their electric bill and face having their power cut off. Spokesman Keith Guillot tells The Sun Herald the ...

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House passes bill exempting sales tax on power, gasoline

JACKSON — Factory operators, farmers and fishermen could stop paying sales taxes on electricity and fuel, under a state House proposal. Representatives passed House Bill 844 by a 75-43 vote yesterday to exempt those groups from a 1.5 percent sales tax on fuel used in producing those industries’ products. It now goes to the Senate for more debate. The tax ...

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PSC votes unanimously to deny Mississippi Power's proposed rate hike

Public Service Commissioners voted 3-0 Friday morning to deny a rate increase proposed by Mississippi Power Co. for the Kemper County coal plant. The company had asked for a 13 percent rate increase that would have lasted until the end of 2012. In their denial, commissioners said they would not consider rate increases associated with the plant until litigation surrounding ...

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