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Mayor proposes using rainy day money for city's debt

TUPELO — Mayor Jason Shelton wants to use about $5 million from the city’s rainy day fund to pay off part of its $30 million in bonds. That could save up to $825,000 in interest over seven years, freeing up cash for big capital items such as fire trucks or tornado sirens, he told The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. Shelton ...

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Voters approve new lodging tax in Horn Lake; turn out low

HORN LAKE — Horn Lake voters handily approved a $2-per-night tax on hotel and motel stays, providing a financial boost that city officials will use to promote economic development. According to complete but unofficial totals, the proposed tax got 415 favorable votes, or 91.4 percent, compared to 39 votes, or 8.6 percent, against it. As expected, turnout was low yesterday, ...

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The business license cop is on patrol

If you’re a business owner in the city of Natchez, watch out. The business license cop is on his way. The city has entered into a contract with retired law enforcement officer George Rutherford, who has been charged with checking every business in Natchez to make sure they have a valid license. The Natchez Democrat reports Rutherford is starting his ...

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Communities buy more time for Katrina aid forgiveness

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — With the deadline extended for federal forgiveness on Hurricane Katrina disaster loans, political entities on the Mississippi Coast are asking one last time. The cancellation deadline has been extended to April 2014, former Bay St. Louis Mayor Eddie Favre told the Sun Herald. In addition, political jurisdictions are allowed to show disaster losses over five or ...

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City-schools squabble continues even after settlement

JACKSON — Months after a court order supposedly settled the issue, the Jackson Public School District is once again at odds with the city government over school taxes. According to emails and a settlement offer obtained by The Clarion-Ledger, the school system contends the city broke the agreement struck in July that set the district’s operational millage at 65.91 mills. ...

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Officials hopeful voters will vote in new lodging tax

HORN LAKE — Horn Lake officials are hoping voters will turn out in significant numbers tomorrow to approve a hotel-motel tax designed to generate revenue to promote the city. The proposal calls for a $2-per-night tax on all hotel and motel stays within the city limits, potentially generating thousands of dollars a year that would go into the city’s tourism ...

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City likes retail consultant, but waits on outcome of referendum

There’s no chicken-or-egg issue in Horn Lake when it comes to hiring a consultant to help attract more retailers. City officials are near a deal with Birmingham, Ala.-based Retail Strategies, according to The Commercial Appeal, but will hold out until the results of next week’s referendum on a proposed lodging tax. Voters will decide Tuesday whether the Northwest Mississippi city ...

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