HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Some Palmer's Crossing residents, angry over what they said are inadequate city services, took to the streets Saturday to demand that the city reallocate much of their tax money for use exclusively in their neighborhoods. Those residents, led by members of a local group called the Community Action Team, marched along Old Airport Road to protest what they said are poor city services.
They then issued a proclamation demanding that 75 percent of their taxes paid in the last 25 years be re-directed into an escrow account to be used for upgrading the Palmer's Crossing area.
Palmer's Crossing was annexed into Hattiesburg about 20 years ago.
Among those taking part in the march was former mayoral candidate Nathan Jordan and current independent candidate for mayor Dave Ware.
"We want it put into an escrow account and any new monies that are coming into our area should be set aside and also placed in an escrow account until this is done," said Jordan, whose also a member of the Community Action Team. "Not to spend all monies, but to place it in such an account until services have been brought up to date in this area," he said.
Dave Ware was asked if he agreed that tax money paid by Palmer's Crossing residents should be put into an escrow account.
"Well, what I'd say is it's clear that the services that should have been provided to this community, have not," he said. "And I'm here today, not as a political candidate, I'm here as an advocate for our community. This community deserves the same services that each and every one of our neighborhoods get and so, I'm going to make sure that we continue to have that conversation," he said.
Jordan and other Community Action Team members called the event their "Day of Justice March."