- Associated Press - Monday, October 5, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - State Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith says there’s no legal authority for her agency to pay Jackson police to help provide security for the Mississippi State Fair.

A court hearing is set Tuesday in the Fair Commission’s complaint that seeks to force Jackson to provide police protection for the 12-day event, which starts Wednesday.

Multiple media outlets report that Hyde-Smith says commission employees met three times with city leaders to try to resolve the dispute.

The police department announced this year it wouldn’t provide the service during the fair because of budget cuts. Police Chief Lee Vance said it costs the city about $300,000 in personnel and overtime costs during the annual state fair. Vance said his department would continue with its normal police patrols during the fair.

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

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