Hattiesburg continues with eminent domain for new U.S. 49 fire station

By HASKEL BURNS,

Hattiesburg City Attorney Randy Pope is following up on the eminent domain measure to acquire land on U.S. 49 for the purpose of building the city’s ninth fire station, as Hattiesburg City Council members recently authorized Pope to deposit $87,750 into the court registry in advance of a November trial on the matter.



Marx vetoes budget, water increase; meeting to be held Sept. 23

By HASKEL BURNS,

Petal Mayor Hal Marx has followed through on his plan to veto the recently-passed Fiscal Year 2020 budget – as well as the recent increase to monthly water rates – setting up a meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 23 at Petal City Hall during which the Petal Board of Aldermen will decide whether to override the vetoes.


Hattiesburg approves $145 million budget; some employees to get pay raises

By HASKEL BURNS,

After several years of what Mayor Toby Barker called “structural imbalances” in the city’s budget, Hattiesburg officials have finalized and adopted a Fiscal Year 2020 budget that improves department equipment and gives raises to several city employees without raising residents’ taxes.











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