- Associated Press - Friday, July 4, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber has named himself and two city officials to a board that will help oversee how the city of Jackson spends money generated by a 1 percent sales tax that took effect earlier this year.

Yarber also appointed city attorney James Anderson and Charles Williams, interim director of Jackson’s Department of Public Works.

They join former House Speaker Tim Ford; Hinds County Republican chairman Pete Perry; Jackson State University President Carolyn Meyers; Tougaloo College President Beverly Hogan; Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership President/CEO Duane O’Neill; and Jackson businessman Godwin Dafe.

The board will develop a spending plan for improving Jackson’s roads and water and sewer systems.

The tax was approved by Jackson voters in January.

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