MS Supreme Court will not reconsider Chevron, school district tax issue

MS Supreme Court will not reconsider Chevron, school district tax issue

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The Mississippi Supreme Court will not reconsider a tax issue involving the Pascagoula-Gautier School District and Chevron.

The decision follows a battle over tax payments that dates back to 2010.

Just last October, the court ordered the City of Pascagoula, the school district, and the refinery to all be included in any trial that focuses on how much Chevron should pay in taxes and how that tax revenue should be divided.

In the past, the Jackson County Board of Supervisors argued the school district had no say in how tax dollars from Chevron should be spent, because the property the company leases is owned by the county. That property is also located inside the Pascagoula-Gautier School District.

The board suggested tax dollars collected from Chevron should be distributed to all schools in the county. The supreme court ruled the school district may levy a tax to maintain its schools, but not schools from other districts.

The school district says it is pleased the court upheld its last decision. Superintendent Wayne Rodolfich issued this statement on the decision:

The Pascagoula-Gautier School District is pleased that the Mississippi Supreme Court upheld its prior decision finding that the City of Pascagoula and the District have standing to question property taxes assessed within the District. The District is fortunate to be the beneficiary of a substantial tax base, and we strive to use those resources wisely to help educate our students. The Court's decision today will hopefully promote a resolution of the tax litigation in the lower court.

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