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City sees rise in both sales and tourism taxes

PHILADELPHIA — Sales tax collections rose 2 percent during the fiscal year that ended June 30 in Philadelphia. The Neshoba Democrat reports the city took in more than $3.8 million during the period from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. The total was an increase of more than $72,000 from the previous year. Tourism taxes also rose during the ...

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Aldermen want to annex site of new Batpist hospital

OXFORD — The Oxford Board of Aldermen wants to annex about 150 acres south of where the new Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi, a regional hospital, is being built. The property where the hospital is being built is also involved in an annexation process. In March, a Lafayette County chancery judge ruled in favor of several landowners who petitioned the court ...

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Dems, city ask Justice to monitor special mayoral election

HATTIESBURG — The Mississippi Democratic Party and the Hattiesburg City Council have asked the Justice Department to send observers to the city for the Sept. 24 mayoral election. The Democratic Party sent a request to the Justice Department last month. The Hattiesburg City Council last month adopted a resolution also asking for poll watchers. Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree’s 37-vote victory ...

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Facing deficit, city to layoff workers, freeze pay raises

CLINTON — The city of Clinton, faced with a year-end deficit and more than $400,000 in leftover expenses from 2013, is cutting its fiscal 2014 budget by more than $1.1 million. The Clarion-Ledger reports that the city will be laying off at least eight employees and giving no raises. Mayor Phil Fisher says the steps will give revenues a chance ...

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Aldermen delay decision on beer sales after hearing opposition

WINONA — The Winona Board of Aldermen put off a decision Tuesday night on whether to allow beer sales on Sunday after dozens of people spoke against the proposal. WCBI reports about 50 people attended the public hearing, but only four spoke in favor of permitting Sunday sales. Three businesses submitted petitions in favor of Sunday sales. Opponents cited safety ...

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City council to hold hearing concerning zoning for new casino

BILOXI — The Biloxi City Council will hold a public hearing on Oct. 1 on a zoning change for an area west of Interstate 10 on the Back Bay for a $220 million casino. The Sun Herald reports that developers told the council last night that new flood regulations make the 18-acre site unaffordable for residential or small business development. ...

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Ex-city contractor to change plea in bank fraud case

SOUTHAVEN — A former Southaven city contractor accused of bank fraud is set for a plea change hearing next month. The Commercial Appeal reports 53-year-old James Malcolm Harris Jr., of Hernando, pleaded not guilty to two counts of loan and credit application fraud and one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States when he was indicted on the federal ...

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Commission gives nod to Coast baseball stadium

BILOXI — Plans for a minor league baseball stadium and neighboring commercial development in downtown Biloxi are consistent with the city’s 2009 Comprehensive Plan, according to a vote last night by the city’s Planning Commission. The Sun Herald reports the city council hasn’t yet voted on whether to borrow $21 million in general obligation bonds to help finance construction of ...

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City to auction off 62 tax-forfeited properties

GREENWOOD — Sixty-two parcels of tax-forfeited land in Greenwood, valued at $195,000, will be sold at an auction in September. Sealed bids must be received by the secretary of state’s office by 5 p.m. Sept. 18. Bids will be opened at 10 a.m. Sept. 19 in Jackson. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann tells the Greenwood Commonwealth that the city and ...

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