- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2016

WAVELAND, Miss. (AP) - The city of Waveland will file a petition in Hancock County Chancery Court seeking to annex parts of Clermont Harbor and Lakeshore, including the properties where the Silver Slipper Casino and Bayou Caddy Fishery are located.

The petition will be filed Wednesday.

Earlier this month, the Waveland Board of Aldermen voted to amend a city ordinance, which defines the city’s boundaries.

Mayor Mike Smith tells The Sea Coast Echo (https://bit.ly/1QBn82X) that expanding the city’s boundaries through annexation was included in the city’s comprehensive plan from 2009.

“This is something that has been talked about for a while,” Smith said.

In addition to amending the ordinance, the city recently contracted with urban planner Slaughter and Associates.

Jackson Attorney Chadwick Mask, who assisted the city with its annexation of Shoreline Park a decade ago, has also been brought on board for the project.

Mask said Thursday that the city is in the “very beginning” stages of the annexation process.

The big annexation prize for the city would be the Silver Slipper Casino.

Not only would the city receive property tax from the casino property, but it could also receive a bigger chunk of gaming revenue.

Casinos are charged 12 percent tax on gaming profits.

The state receives two-thirds of the tax revenue from each casino, while local entities receive one-third.

The money generated locally is disbursed to numerous departments and services. Local law enforcement, schools, and county government, are among the entities which receive a cut of the funds.

Last year, the county received more than $2 million in gaming revenues from the Silver Slipper, officials said.

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