- Associated Press - Sunday, May 14, 2017

GAUTIER, Miss. (AP) - Incoming Mayor Phil Torjusen says the city of Gautier needs increase revenue to bolster city services.

He tells The Mississippi Press (https://bit.ly/2qC6YkL) that the Gulf Coast city has struggled since Singing River Mall closed in 2013 and Wal-Mart pulled out of a plan to redevelop the property.

While the mall property is private, Torjusen says the city needs to use an ongoing study it’s commissioned to work with the developer to recruit tenants that fit Gautier’s residents.

The real estate agent and former developer says more money would let the city increase pay for police and firefighters and provide more youth programs

Torjusen beat incumbent Mayor Gordon Gollott in the Republican primary and faces no general election opposition for the part-time post. He’ll be sworn in July 1.

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Information from: The Mississippi Press, https://www.gulflive.com

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