WASHINGTON, D.C. – A federal grant and loans that total $1.58 million have been approved for rural development in Fulton, Batesville, Natchez, Carroll and Issaquena Counties.
The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development.
“The Department of Agriculture Rural Development provides financial help to rural communities to provide public services and benefit their residents. I am pleased that new water infrastructure and community service resources are going to these Mississippi communities,” Senator Thad Cochran said.
The awards include:
- City of Fulton – $870,000 loan to support construction of a new water pump station, standpipe storage tank and distribution line upgrades to improve the northern portion of the city’s water system. This is a 35-year, 2.25 percent interest loan.
- Sardis Lake Community Water Association, Batesville – $341,000 loan and $279,000 grant to upgrade 2.2 miles of water mains and piping. This is a 40-year, 2.25 percent interest loan.
- Issaquena County – $43,400 grant to support the purchase of two vehicles for the Issaquena County Sheriff’s Department. The county will contribute $14,575.
- Carroll County – $38,300 grant to support the purchase of two vehicles for the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department. The county will contribute $12,844.
- Southwest Mississippi Planning and Development District, Natchez – $16,050 grant to support the purchase of a transportation vehicle. This grant will be augmented with $38,903 in nonfederal funding.