Laurel council puts off vote on adding MLK parade to exempt list

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - An item at the Laurel City Council dealing with adding the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade to the exempt list when it comes to paying for city services was removed from the agenda Tuesday night.

Earlier this month the parade was almost canceled when organizers failed to meet a 30-day deadline requirement for filing for a permit. The parade went on as scheduled after Mayor Johnny Magee gave a special waiver to the requirement. In order to be on the exempt list, organizers must be chartered and have a 501-c-3 tax exemption as a non-profit.

Organizers asked the council to hold off considering the change until they could make sure all their paperwork was in order.

"We want to make sure you just can't come into the city and say I'm doing a MLK parade and get the city services for free," said George Carmichael, Councilman, Ward 4. "They need to be a chartered organization when making these requests."

During the meeting Mayor MaGee presented a proclamation making Feb., 14, Heart Health Awareness Day.

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