From Press Reports
With the 2014 legislative session under way, the Mississippi Municipal League is, again pushing for the Citizens for Economic Development Act.
CEDA would enable cities to impose a 1 percent sales tax increase for the funding of a capital project once it has been approved by at least 60 percent of the voters in a referendum. The project must be specified on the ballot, and the additional tax would end upon completion of the funding of the project. The announcement was to be made Wednesday on the second floor Capitol rotunda.
MML President and Ellisville Mayor Tim Waldrup stated, “The cities and towns of Mississippi are facing critical infrastructure needs and need a way to generate revenue for these improvements. Ultimately, CEDA would allow a city to make improvements that could attract more economic development projects to our communities, which could help create much needed jobs for our state.”
Mayor Tommy Irwin of Corinth is the 2014 MML legislative chairman. “No longer,” declared Irwin, “should state government stand in the way of citizens having the right to determine the future of their communities.”
The Mississippi Municipal League also supports the city of Jackson in its upcoming election to implement a local option sales tax to help fund much-needed infrastructure improvements. The city of Jackson was successful in getting legislation passed in 2009 that would allow it to hold a referendum asking citizens to approve up to a 1-cent sales tax increase. The election is scheduled for Tuesday.
“We strongly support Jackson’s effort to allow its own citizens to determine what improvements they are willing to pay for, and we want this same right for the cities and towns across our state that are all facing critical infrastructure needs and have limited ways to pay for these improvements,” said Shari T. Veazey, MML executive director.
Other issues being closely monitored by the MML include the passage of a statewide bond bill that will fund the Small Municipalities Grant Program, full funding of homestead exemption reimbursement and protection of home rule, among others.
Established in 1931, MML represents 289 city, town and village governments in Mississippi. The mission of the MML is helping cities and towns excel through training, lobbying at the state and federal level, and providing resources and networking opportunities with state, federal and private entities. For more information about the Mississippi Municipal League, visit www.mmlonline.com.