Internet tax revenue is critical to Pascagoula’s infrastructure needs

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (WLOX) — Using internet sales tax revenue to help fund a $12 million infrastructure bond is an intriguing idea for Color Pascagoula Mayor Jay Willis and others.

“Our State Legislature decided there was sales tax money that needed to be collected. It’s absolutely brand new and the city is now receiving Internet sales tax refunds from the state,” Willis said as he addressed members of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce on Friday.

“We think this will be a way to address some of the city’s important infrastructure needs,” Willis added.

He said it would help with projects like road construction on Ingalls Ave., but also with water, sewer and drainage issues.

“We want to be proactive and we believe we can use this money for projects that are needed for the town of Pascagoula.”

Mayor Willis also spoke about ongoing downtown development, as well as the residential opportunities that arise along the city’s waterfront.

“They are exactly where they want to be and are already attracting considerable interest from people wanting to live there.”

The city also hopes the Pascagoula Redevelopment Authority can find a developer to work with Amtrak to renovate the city’s rail depot. Some ideas for this project include an oyster bar and a microbrewery.

“The challenge for us is to use this funding properly and not lightly.”

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