Some Hattiesburg residents are upset tonight over the way the city might spend some federal money to improve downtown lighting.
The city is considering spending up to $100,000 from community development block grants to add more lights downtown.
Officials also want to allocate the same amount of grant money for a housing repair program. But, at a public hearing Thursday, some residents said too much is being spent on the lighting and not enough on low-income areas away from downtown.
"It's needed, downtown is needed, and I have no problem with that," said D. Franklin Brown, Hattiesburg resident. "But, I think we should be spending even more than the $100,000. In fact, we should be spending as much as HUD will allow us to spend to get rid of these blue roofs in the Hattiesburg area."