Mayor Johnny DuPree discusses other city revenue methods

Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree discussed different avenues to take despite the recent news from chairman of the committee regarding the one percent sales tax increase.

On Friday a Senate chairman said Mississippi lawmakers won't authorize Hattiesburg to set a 1 percent local sales tax as requested. Lawmakers are in the final weeks of their three-month session, and are dealing with bills affecting specific cities and counties.  Although the Senate chairman says no to the sales tax increase Mayor DuPree says there are different methods to acquire revenue.

"We are trying all kinds of avenues, not just the 1 percent. We want to do as much as we can with as many avenues as we can to supplement that fee to our citizens," said DuPree.  "I told you about looking at the other financing matrix, dealing with lawsuits and other things we are looking at."

"We are also looking at a new section out of the Department of Commerce and when we were in DC we talked to our delegation in Washington about helping us with a demonstration grant that we can hopefully apply for a twenty or thirty million dollar demonstrative grant to connect us with another facility here and make us like a regional facility," said DuPree.

Mayor DuPree was attending the Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Fair Saturday morning.

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