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City budgets $175K to finance proposed annexation

PASCAGOULA — An additional $175,000 will come out of the Pascagoula general fund this fiscal year to finance annexation. The Mississippi Press reports city leaders approved the budget amendment. The city’s plan to annex about 21 square miles east of the city got rolling in fall 2010, and has been a subject of debate ever since. Proponents say that the ...

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Audit shows USM's athletic department's debt nearly doubled in one year

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi athletic department’s debt nearly doubled between the start of the 2010-11 fiscal year and fall 2011. An audit acquired through a public records request shows that the department owed $439,255 in fall 2010 and $790,398 last fall, The Hattiesburg American reports. Football was the only sport that did not lose money in the ...

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City to reject aquatic center bids; all exceeded budget by more than $1M

TUPELO — The city will reject bids from companies hoping to build Tupelo’s new indoor aquatic center because all exceeded budget by at least $1.4 million. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports six companies submitted bids for the project, which will put a 45,000-square-foot complex at Veterans Park. Bids ranged from $13.4 million to $15.2 million. The facility’s projected price ...

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City sets new sales tax record, but officials still concerned

BROOKHAVEN — Brookhaven’s latest sales tax report showed record numbers, but some officials don’t want to get too excited just yet because the city is lagging behind some neighbors. The Daily Leader reports Brookhaven’s March sales tax report came in at $415,468.14. In March 2011, it was $400,912.36. Mayor Les Bumgarner says that’s the highest March report on record. Despite ...

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MDOT looking to cut costs by trimming 2,300-vehicle fleet

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Transportation is working to reduce its fleet of vehicles by 10 percent over the next five years, according to transportation commissioner Mike Tagert. Tagert, who represents the northern district, says MDOT has a fleet of 2,300 vehicles. He says any reduction would not affect 300 emergency vehicles. The Daily Times Leader reports Tagert said ...

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Board rejects all bids for construction of new school

OXFORD — The Oxford School Board has rejected all bids for the construction of the new high school. The high school’s construction is the centerpiece of the district’s building program. Schools Superintendent Brian Harvey tells the Oxford Eagle the board has no authority to negotiate with any contractor and can only accept the project as bid. “This left us outside ...

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Cochran questions Vilsack on progress of imported catfish inspections

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) yesterday again stressed to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack the importance to U.S. food safety and the economy of implementing a program to more thoroughly inspect imported catfish. Cochran addressed the issue at Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the FY2013 budget request for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Cochran asked Vilsack about the ...

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Gov. Bryant revises his proposed state budget

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is revising his state budget for the year that begins July 1. In his new plan, released yesterday, the Republican no longer asks local school districts to dig into their own financial reserves to offset state funding cuts. Instead, he proposes giving elementary and secondary schools, community colleges and universities the same amount of money ...

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State Senate passes first version of budget bills

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate yesterday passed its first version of budget bills. Lawmakers still face several weeks of work as they decide how much money state programs will receive during the 2013 fiscal year, which begins July 1. The House passed its own first draft of budget bills last week. Each chamber proposes spending about $5.6 billion in state ...

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