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Mayor Veto's Sewer Rate Increase

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HATTIESBURG -- After the city council decided that sewer rates would more than double for residents, Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree decided to veto.  He said he did it after a lot of thought and consideration.

The council decided to raise the rates about a week ago. The funds would help pay for the new waste water treatment system that's being built by a company named Groundworks.  DuPree said the council should consider a different route to pay for the system.

"I appreciate the council, and on the agenda next week is the opportunity for us to go to the legislator for a one percent sales tax for our area," DuPree explained.  "It gives the citizens in our area the opportunity to vote whether they want to increase tax on themselves."

The mayor said this route will cost much less than the increase in water and sewage rates.

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