Hercules denied tax exemption

At Tuesday's Hattiebsurg City Council meeting, Hercules, Inc. was denied a $500,000 tax exemption in a 2-3 vote.

Forrest County supervisors voted Monday to deny Hercules' request to exempt $500,000 from the tax rolls because of improvements made to the plant last year.

Once one of the area's top employers, Hercules now employs 21 people.

The Area Development Partnership wrote a letter to the county and city requesting the exemption be denied saying Hercules is not a business trying to grow and prosper, but rather maintain its current status.

Supervisor Chris Bowen said it would set a bad precedent to grant exemption in the face of company layoffs.