- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 5, 2014

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Hattiesburg City Council has unanimously backed a request from Mayor Johnny DuPree that potentially could bring an estimated $10 million revenue stream to the city for the next 30 years.

But the possible addition of a 1 percent tax on in-city sales of multiple goods and services would not offset the need to raise sewer rates to pay for the development and operation of a mandated, new wastewater treatment system.

The Hattiesburg American reports (http://hatne.ws/NvbFEZ ) the council voted Tuesday to support the mayor’s proposal.

While a yet-to-be-determined percentage of the new revenue would be used to pay down $142 million in bonds to cover the creation of the new wastewater system, the funds also would be used for other infrastructure costs that the city’s general fund can’t be stretched to cover.

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Information from: The Hattiesburg American, http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com