Marion County Board restores $50,000 of Marion County Development Partnership's budget

MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - After cutting $100,000 from the Marion County Development Partnership last year, the Marion County Board of Supervisors voted to restore $50,000 of the partnership's budget on Monday.

Marion County Board of Supervisors President Calvin Newsom says the increase revenue over the past year is allowing the board to restore half the development partnership's budget. The budget was slashed by $100,000 in 2012.

Newsom said he wished they could have done more, but at this point the board isn't sure of what financial issues may come up within the next fiscal year.

"In Marion County our development is a very important part of our economy, and we wish that we could have the personnel that we had all along we didn't have to let anybody off this upcoming year. We restored what we could to help with the budget."

Newsom says the development partnership played a big role in bringing in Crown Laundry Services creating 150 jobs, and helping several local businesses expand over the last year.

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