BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Biloxi Mayor AJ Holloway used his veto pen late Friday to cut funding to the city's Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum.
The mayor said he vetoed a city council proposal to make extra payments to the museum because it would be unfair to others who had seen their city funding cut by 20 percent.
In a statement, Mayor Holloway said, "There should be results, and there must be accountability where public tax dollars are being spent. Make no mistake, privately managed museums in Biloxi have evolved into multi-million dollar endeavors that have come to expect a growing level of public funding."
The mayor added, "To restore the seafood museum funding would be unfair to taxpayers and municipal employees who have endured financial challenges over the past several years, while funding for the seafood museum has been unchanged all the while."
Click here to read the full text of the mayor's veto message.
We were not able to reach Museum Director Robin Krohn David for any comment.
To see a PDF of the veto, along with the supporting documents, click here.