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Capitol Complex bill passes to bring aid to Jackson infrastructure

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The city of Jackson is getting some state support to improve and restore infrastructure within the Capitol Complex district. 

The conference report for House Bill 1226 was passed 105 to 12 in the House. The bill will establish a board to create a plan for improvement projects within the Capitol Complex Improvement District in collaboration with an advisory committee. The Executive Director of the Department of Finance and Administration will oversee the projects and ensure that funds are being given out appropriately.

12.5 percent of all sales tax revenue from Jackson businesses will go to fund the projects.

The plan includes to meet the needs of the City of Jackson, Jackson State University, University of Mississippi Medical Center, and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

The projects would consists of roadway reconstruction,  repairs to the drainage and sewage system, sidewalk construction, street lights, infrastructure, and public safety measures. These plans are also subject to change at any point, under the boards direction.

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber held a brief press conference after the vote and had this to say:

“This will provide a perpetual stream of funding for the City of Jackson.  It also provides an opportunity for public safety.   The State of Mississippi has made a real investment and has turned the corner with the City of Jackson in terms of our relationship as her Capital City.  It’s about morale, pride and when you consider what is suppose to be the crown jewel of the state, the Capital City has to stand out.  I thank the leadership at the State, the Governor  the Lieutenant  Governor, the Speaker of the House and the Hinds County Delegation for their work on this bill.”

Once the bill is signed by Gov. Bryant, it becomes law on July 1, 2017.

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