Mississippi city asks voters to renew tax for school bonds

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Voters in a south Mississippi will be asked to renew a tax to fund $22 million in borrowing for school renovations.

Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker tells local media that renewing the property tax, last renewed in 2001, would not raise total taxes.

Barker says the Hattiesburg school board is likely to approve the bond resolution in coming weeks.

He says $15 million in bonds from the last renewal have been paid off, and that renewing the tax will allow the school district to improve its campuses.

To renew the bonds, 60 percent of voters must approve.

Barker and Hattiesburg Superintendent Robert Williams say renovations are needed, especially at one elementary school or the district’s lone high school

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