MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Progress on the unpaid utility bills was discussed at Tuesday’s board of alderman meeting in Moss Point, along with a referendum to vote on a proposed restaurant tax.
After hundreds of residents in Moss Point had their water cut off because of unpaid dues, Mayor Mario King says the city is seeing progress.
Mayor King was happy to announce that over 50 percent of those residents had paid their debts in full, and their water has been turned back on. Since April 1st over 370 people had their water cut off. Yet, Mayor King is excited about the progress and expects more to pay their debts as the payment arrangement process comes to an end.
“We have completely stopped the payment arrangement process. Payment arrangements have hurt us a lot. A lot of people have abused those systems, and there are a lot of people who have actually paid their bills," Mayor King said. "We want to make sure that everyone is treated fairly, so we have stopped payment arrangements until we come up with a system that actually identifies an equitable way that we can actually do those.”
Another issue addressed in the city council meeting was the potential two percent sales tax for prepared food. The council not only approved a referendum for the tax, they also set a singular location where the public can vote on the matter.
“The board approved tonight May 28th," said the city’s director of economic development Sue Wright. "There will be one city wide polling place. So unlike other elections where you go in your neighborhoods, one place, downtown at the River Front Recreation Center.”
A vote of 60 percent is required for the proposed tax to pass and if it does, the funds are expected to go towards increasing tourism in the city as well as helping the parks and recreation department.