Vicksburg Mayor Scraps $55M Improvements Plan

VICKSBURG, MS (Ben Caxton) — Vicksburg’s Mayor, George Flaggs, Jr. has dropped plans for a 1% sales tax which would have paid for a $55 million capital improvements project in the river city. The proposed project would have paid part of the cost of paving and improvements along Vicksburg’s waterfront at a total $125 million. Of that total Flaggs envisioned $26.5 million from the new tax, $28.5 million in matching funds, and hoped to persuade state legislators to take up a special bill allowing Vicksburg to collect the tax. Questions about which projects would be funded by the money caused Flaggs to cancel meetings with area lawmakers to push for the tax and shelve the idea for now.



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