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Water And Sewer Funding Debated

Gulfport leaders say a sales tax increase is one way, to help pay for much-needed water and sewer improvements throughout the city. Mayor Ken Combs mentioned that idea to the Gulfport Business Club this afternoon.

Combs says he is asking state lawmakers to allow Gulfport voters to decide, whether to raise the sales tax from seven, to eight percent. The city needs 124-million dollars to expand and upgrade its water and sewer system. Combs says a one-cent sales tax hike, will generate more than 12-million dollars a year. He says tourists will pay most of the tax, especially at businesses around I-10 and Highway 49.

The city is also raising water rates that will mainly affect people, who use more than three-thousand gallons of water a month. It's also cracking down on deliquent water bills. Starting Monday, if you don't pay your overdue water bills, your service will be shut off.

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