PASCAGOULA, Miss. — A Mississippi Gulf Coast city is rescinding a tax increase for its school system, saying school officials didn’t meet legal requirements.

The Pascagoula City Council voted 4-1 Thursday to reverse a property tax increase for the Pascagoula-Gautier school district.

The 4-mill increase would have gone to pay for operating costs, as well as to repay $22 million the district planned to borrow to build a performing arts center in Pascagoula, install stadium turf, and renovate buildings.

The Sun Herald reports that Gautier officials, who raised property taxes for city purposes, worked with Pascagoula leaders to roll back the increase.

Mississippi school districts can force their governing bodies to raise property taxes, within certain limits.

Pascagoula’s appointed school board members have been asked to meet with the council on Oct. 3.


Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com