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Adams County supervisors disappointed over lack of state funding for infrastructure
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September 5, 2018 -

Adams County supervisors expressed disappointment Tuesday they didn’t get state funds specially earmarked for infrastructure needs like Natchez did last week, when the Mississippi Legislature held a special session.

While the Legislature allocated millions of dollars for specific projects in cities and counties throughout Mississippi, Adams County didn’t get any money from the so-called "Christmas tree” ornamented by legislators. The reason given: county supervisors didn’t ask, said Supervisor Mike Lazarus.

The city of Natchez is getting $900,000 to help pay to remedy erosion problems for about 25 locations within the city. The money is included in more than $100 million allocated by legislators for numerous towns and counties around the state.

Natchez Mayor Darryl Grennell said last week he asked for the $900,000, which he noted is essential for the city to match federal funds available for the so-called Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) projects.

Supervisor Ricky Gray said the Adams County board should’ve also proactively sought some funds like Natchez.
“We didn’t get (any) money. We should’ve told them we need the money,” Gray said.

However, county Supervisor Angela Hutchins said state legislators representing Adams County should’ve come to the board to let supervisors know money was available from the Legislature.

Meeting in its special session that ended Aug. 29, state lawmakers agreed to disburse funds to cities and counties from state-issued bonds, revenues Mississippi gets from internet sales taxes and from payments the state gets for damages caused by the BP oil-spill disaster eight years ago. The Legislature also voted to create a state lottery to pay for state road construction needs.

While Adams County didn’t get funds specifically earmarked for it, the legislation known as the Mississippi Infrastructure Improvement Act will provide a steady stream of money in the future to all cities and counties for road, bridge and other infrastructure work. Lazarus said Adams County and Natchez together could get about $1 million annually from MIMA when fully phased in four years from now. | © 2014 | All Rights Reserved
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