Clarksdale Tax Increase Proposals Scaled Back

CLARKSDALE, MS (Ben Caxton) — Clarksdale voters will vote in August on a proposed 5 millage tax increase for infrastructure. City leaders originally proposed issuing bonds for $17 million in capital improvements but the figure is now down to about $5 million for the Second Street Bridge, flood abatement in the Sassee and Pearson Street area, sidewalk and lighting and street rehabilitation. Mississippi Today reports that a 5 mill tax would translate to an extra $25 per year on a $50,000 home. Next week the mayor and commissioners plan to adopt a resolution to authorize a public hearing regarding approval of an Urban Renewal Plan and increase of the millage rate, followed by a public hearing in May and special election in August.



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