Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran elected to South Mississippi Planning & Development board
There are 8 comments on the The Mississippi Press story from Oct 28, 2013, titled Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran elected to South Mississippi Planning & Development board. In it, The Mississippi Press reports that:
Mayor Connie Moran has been elected to the South Mississippi Planning and Development District's Board of Directors to represent the large cities in served by the district.
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#1 Oct 29, 2013
Billy Hughes, the new Mayor of Gulfport would have been a better choice. He's all about cities working together.
#2 Oct 29, 2013
I agree. Ocean Springs has its success because of a fluke in geography. Biloxi is hard to get to from the east so you have to go thru OS to get there, thus a lotta traffic that goes thru OS is errant casino traffic. Another 2 things are low minority populations & an old downtown that they've wasted millions propping up.
The city sales tax has actually peaked in revenue growth. Meaning they're still taking in cash but the amt. isn't growing. The school district overspent to the point where they maxed out their millage. So they can't raise taxes any higher. The city is nearing its state-imposed millage rate so in a few yrs even if they agree to hike taxes they won't be able to after a certain pt.
Again -- the minority thing -- that's why property values & thus tax levels are higher in Ocean Springs than Gautier, Pascagoula, or Moss Point.
But Moran & the current BOA have overspent big time. Sure they may have a quaint art & bar racket going but it won't last as the economy worsens & the casinos & shipyard lays off. Its @ its peak now.
Moran was a bad choice, Holloway or Hughes would have been a better choice, that or I'm sure there could have been another Democratic politician from Jackson Co. who would have benefited the board like that.
She's not a liberal, she's a southern blue dog Democrat & not very friendly to minority communities.
#3 Oct 29, 2013
Moran will be in a bar faster than she will attend the meetings. I hope someone keeps attendence records. She will be late and hung over for most meetings. What an embarrassment to OS.
#4 Oct 30, 2013
I guess they want her bankrupting that program too. Look at the chaos that OS is in right now. I think Moss Point has more money than OS. City employees are fleeing in record numbers for better paying jobs.
#5 Oct 31, 2013
Here we go again "the sky is falling the sky is falling"! Mayor Moran is the best thing to ever happend to Ocean Springs
#6 Oct 31, 2013
Not really. It wasn't her doing most of the stuff. A lotta the money that's been spent in the past decade was Katrina or BP money that she was just on the lucky end of receiving. It wasn't anything she did. I think John McKay is just as big a crook so I'm not on his side, just pointing out she's not what her supporters think she is.
The city can only raise taxes one or 2 more times before they max out millage under state law. Meaning by state law they can't raise taxes any more.
The school district has already maxed out its millage. Both just "look rich" -- but really they're spending damn near every nickel they make to keep up appearances. They don't have as much money as they appear to have.
#7 Nov 1, 2013
^once maxed we will see property values re-evaluated and raised so the cost of millage rises. The # of mills remains the same but increase in value...Taxation without the title.
#8 Nov 1, 2013
That's why only idiots & long-term owners still waste their time owning. Its a losers-bet unless you're loaded with money to pay up the crooks at Goff's office.
Though under state law if property values fall far enough they must drop valuations. I'm not sure if the values can hold up even if Goff & surrounding counties keep upping values to guarantee tax levels.
The economy is total & complete sh*t right now. I have no idea who's even buying houses unless its out-of-town REITs...
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