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Tax break in Ocean Springs may be nixed

A tax break that residents of Ocean Springs have enjoyed for the past six years may be going away soon. (Photo Source: WLOX) A tax break that residents of Ocean Springs have enjoyed for the past six years may be going away soon. (Photo Source: WLOX)

A tax break that residents of Ocean Springs have enjoyed for the past six years may be going away soon. 

Back in 2009, the Board of Aldermen voted to reduce the city's millage rate by two mils. Now some members of the board, as well as the mayor, support re-instituting that two mils into the city's tax structure. 

So what could that mean? The average homeowner in the city would see a tax increase of about $40 a year. That would mean about a $2 million a year bump in the city's general fund. 

Some city leaders say most of the money would be used to pay for city employee pay raises. Most of the city workers haven't seen an increase in pay in several years. Additionally, some of the extra revenue would be used to pay for much-needed city equipment, such as new police cars. 

How do the taxpayers feel about the proposal? That's what Doug Walker went to find out today. See their answers tonight on WLOX news and on WLOX.com.

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