Mississippi Pearl River County Proposes Countywide Sales Tax Hike
- May 15, 2012 | Susan McLain
Pearl River County, Mississippi is worried about their future. According to District One Supervisor Anthony Hales, “We are facing a financial crisis looming up before us. If we don’t find additional revenue, we will have to…start shutting down some offices, and cutting back drastically on the sheriff’s department.”
So Hales proposed a one percent countywide sales tax in lieu of raising property taxes and making deep cuts in services and protection. “…Hales said a portion of what the tax would raise would be dedicated by law to being applied to reducing the tax burden already on homeowners.” This part of the measure would be binding so that residents could expect that property taxes would be reduced after the sales tax increase.
“The proposed measure would have to be approved by state legislators, and then voted on in a binding resolution by county electors.”