A Taxing Question

Harrison County taxpayers could possibly be asked to help pay for a private development. Casino developer Marlin Torguson and real estate agents Herb Dubuisson and Harry Frierson have plans for a subdivision in Woolmarket. The developers are considering asking the county to borrow 15 million dollars to finance a golf course.

They want another 15 million dollars to pay for road and drainage projects. A 1998 state law that applies only to Harrison County gives county supervisors the authority to borrow money to make improvements for private development. The county pays back the money with taxes the development generates.

Supervisors have set a Monday public hearing in Biloxi on the request that the county issue 15 million dollars in bonds to build public roads and drainage in the subdivision near the proposed golf course.