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Hattiesburg increases taxes to fund public safety projects

One Mississippi city is increasing property taxes to help pay for police and fire protection. The Hattiesburg City Council voted 5-0 Thursday to for a slight property tax increase for the budget year that begins Oct. 1. The Hattiesburg American reports that the owner of a $100,000 home will pay about $32.50 more in taxes per year. Part of the money will ...

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Chamberlin, Wilson win Mississippi judicial runoff elections

Runoffs on Tuesday decided one seat on the Mississippi Supreme Court, one on the state Court of Appeals and two in the state House of Representatives. Judicial candidates run without party labels. Because the legislative races are special elections, those candidates also run without party affiliation. ____ SUPREME COURT Circuit Judge Bobby Chamberlin of Hernando won a seat on the ...

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Analysis: Mississippi tightens bond rules for long-term debt

Don’t take on long-term debt to cover day-to-day expenses. Don’t use credit to buy stuff that will wear out before it’s paid off. It’s advice many parents give their soon-to-be adult children. And, in a nutshell, it’s what the Mississippi Bond Commission says in rules it recently adopted. The rules were written partly in response to a $308 million bond ...

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18-year-old wins election commissioner seat in Mississippi

An 18-year-old is expected to take office in January as Forrest County’s next District 1 election commissioner. Local media reports that teenager Tyler Wood beat out incumbent Charlie Phillips during the Tuesday balloting. Wood, who’s a student at Pearl River Community College in Hattiesburg, says he’ll be up to the job despite his age. He says it’s not about how old ...

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