JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Jackson County has reached a settlement with BP to compensate for the economic damages suffered from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The county announced Thursday afternoon that it will receive a total of $2,442,237 in settlement funds.
The Jackson County Board of Supervisors filed a claim in 2012 to recover lost tax revenue from the detrimental spill.
"This is one of the first actions that I participated in as a new supervisor, and I am thrilled to see it come to fruition," said Barry Cumbest, Board President.
Supervisor Melton Harris said the amount allocated to the county is separate from the amount each individual city or their school districts received.
"The county's amount was less than the cities' shares because the cities get sales tax revenue and the county does not," said Supervisor John McKay. "I am very happy with the result for the cities, the county and the school districts."
Supervisor Mike Mangum said the total recovery amount for all public entities who filed a claim within Jackson County is more than $11.5 million.