- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - All four cities in Jackson County have voted to sue the Jackson County Utility District that treats their sewage.

Gautier Mayor Gordon Gollott tells The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/2aKQE7l) the city is suing over unfair rates and access to records.

Gollott said Wednesday the issue goes back to money that poured into the Utility District after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He says the cities believe that district spent the bulk of it, $180 million, on laying sewer lines and building sewage treatment for the unincorporated areas of Jackson County - an initiative urged by the state to tempt people to move away from the flood zones.

The cities entered a contract with the district in the 1980s that said they would not add new customers if doing that would increase the cost to the cities.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com

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