- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A commercial developer and The Clarion-Ledger have reached an agreement on the newspaper’s request for public records about state tax rebates.

The Clarion-Ledger reports (https://on.thec-l.com/1MWuaMR ) that its attorney and an attorney for Andrew Mattiace appeared Tuesday before Hinds County Chancery Judge William Singletary. They said they had agreed on what information in the documents would be considered proprietary and would not be published.

Mattiace is the developer of Renaissance phases I and II, which are upscale shopping areas in the Jackson suburb of Ridgeland, and of the proposed Renaissance III.

The Clarion-Ledger filed a public records request in August for state documents about Renaissance III and the Mississippi Tourism Incentive Program, a now-defunct tax rebate.

In September, Singletary blocked the documents at Mattiace’s request. They are now being released.

Through the incentive program, Mattiace could earn a potential $29.6 million from the Renaissance III project, which includes a potential Costco development.

In court Tuesday, the newspaper’s attorney, Leonard Van Slyke, and Mattiace’s attorney, Mark Garriaga, said they had signed settlement terms. Singletary said he was “glad reason prevailed.”

Sam Hall, executive editor of The Clarion-Ledger, said he was pleased an agreement was reached, though he thought the legal wrangling was expensive and unnecessary.

“As we’ve stated from the beginning, our only interest is to ensure that taxpayer money is being properly spent,” Hall said. “We have no interest in releasing the details of private business dealings.”


Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, https://www.clarionledger.com

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