For the record in South Mississippi

July 1, 2014 

Glavan is Biloxi Council president

BILOXI -- The City Council completed its first year in office Tuesday and elected Kenny Glavan president and Felix Gines vice president.

A request for a tourism tax incentive for McElroy's Harbor House Restaurant at the Small Craft Harbor was tabled until the July 15 meeting. Glavan said this is different from the other tax abatement the council has granted, and the council wants to take another look at it.

The low bid from S.H. Anthony Inc. for the Woolmarket Plantation sewer project was rejected and the council awarded the bid to Jay Bearden Construction.

-- Mary Perez

Pascagoula will issue $15M for streets, utilities

PASCAGOULA -- The City Council approved a resolution of intent Tuesday to issue $15 million in bonds for public works and utility projects.

It's a combined bond issue for water, sewer, gas, streets and infrastructure improvements, city attorney Eddie Williams said.

The targeted issue date is Aug. 5. Registered voters have until then to sign a petition if they don't want the city to proceed. The petition requires signatures of 1,500 registered voters, or 10 percent.

The city decided to combine public works and utility projects into one general-obligation bond instead of two bonds, City Attorney Eddie Williams said.

Residents may see a gradual increase in utility rates, and a millage increase could be used for the debt service on the bond as well. The maximum the city could impose is 2.7 mills, which would come out to $27 in taxes on a $100,000 home.

The council did not choose specific projects for the bond, but will rely on city staff to help prioritize projects.

-- Tammy Leytham

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