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Judge OKs Westin funding, cites ‘public purpose’ in tax money as debt collateral

By TED CARTER Hinds Chancery Judge William Singletary on Tuesday approved allowing $10 million of Jackson tax money to help backstop the debt for a $60 million Westin hotel planned for downtown. In giving a nod to a contribution agreement that pledged the public money, Singletary rejected local developer Don Hewitt’s argument that Mississippi Constitution prohibits using public money for private ...

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Chancery Court’s interpretation of ‘public use’ will guide ruling on Westin money

By TED CARTER  How “public purpose” should be defined under Mississippi’s urban renewal laws is a question Hinds Chancery Judge Michael Singletary is thinking over. The question is at the heart of a challenge to the use of tax dollars as collateral for loans on a Westin hotel planned for downtown Jackson. In a hearing before Singletary April 9, lawyers ...

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Chancery judge delays JRA bond approval for Jackson's Westin hotel

Challenger insists Mississippi Constitution forbids using tax dollars as collateral for private projects By TED CARTER Hinds County Chancery Court Judge William Singletary last week declined to approve bonds backed by Jackson taxpayers for construction of a downtown Westin Hotel. The Mississippi Supreme Court could be the final decider on the issue if and when it rules on an appeal of ...

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Jackson avoids $600,000 jury award

JACKSON — A federal judge tossed out a September court ruling stemming from a 2012 lawsuit that forced the city of Jackson to pay a developer $600,000 after he claimed city officials thwarted his effort to redevelop a downtown building. Don Hewitt, owner of Advanced Technology Building Solutions who hoped to build a hotel in the former Deposit Guaranty National Bank building ...

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