Board Attorney Yancey Expected to Resign

Paula Yancey is expected to resign before the next meeting of the Jackson County Board of Supervisors, or face a vote on whether or not she will keep the job. Multiple sources have confirmed to SRHS Watch that Yancey would not be supported by the newly elected supervisors and has lost the support of at least one incumbent.

SRHS Watch will continue to report on this story as it develops.

New Board of Supervisors Should Make Transparency Efforts

When the new Jackson County Board of Supervisors meets in 2016, one of the first orders of business should be to adopt a new policy on transparency and openness. For too many decades the board has found itself in disgrace due to the hidden actions that benefit only a few.

The new board should make earnest and forthright progress. They can begin by moving public comments to the beginning of the meeting.  What is the point of public input after votes have been taken?

A second step would be to put all agenda items and documents online prior to the meeting. Consent agenda, claims docket, and everything that will be in the supervisors packet should be available online for public review. Continue reading

Sunday Long Read: The Perfect Good Old Boy Tax Comes to Jackson County

Editor’s Note: This is part of a series on the effort to bring a hotel tax to Jackson County. Previous report can be found here.

Taxes – no matter what most politicians say, they love them. Tax money enables the politician to wield influence, enrich themselves, and reward their politically allied business friends. Spending tax dollars on the right projects and people ensures the politician he will be re-elected over and over.  The only problem is that voters HATE taxes.

This is a conundrum for the politician. He needs money to spend, but his voters will crucify him for raising taxes. Instead he goes and fund-raises from the federal government. He and his colleagues spend money on lobbyists to ensure smooth deal flow. He and his colleagues hire lawyers and consultants to issue bonds. But only if he could raise taxes and get away with it or, better yet, tap into an entirely new revenue stream.

The perfect tax for a politician would be one his constituents don’t pay and would apply only to those living outside his district. No one would ever complain and hundreds of thousands of dollars each year would be raised to benefit a very select few. And if those select few happened to donate to his campaign?! Ah.. we have found the perfect tax. Continue reading

While the JCBOS is Dogging The Sun Herald…

The JCBOS and various supervisors have made statements regarding the veracity of The Sun Herald’s reporting, attacking the paper for having a bias aginst the board, and claiming that The Mississippi Press is the only media outlet that can report the facts correctly.

SRHS Watch has long observed the sporadic nature of which The Mississippi Press publishes reports on board meetings. For months after the Singing River crisis cropped up, the paper never bothered to send a reporter. When a reporter did show up, the articles appeared to be cut and pasted from the press release with little balance. There was such a dearth of balance that Singing River executives and board members spoke out.

April Havens is the only reporter on the beat for The Mississippi Press. Rather than ascribe any particular motive to Ms. Havens, your correspondent attributed any reporting irregularities to editorial pressures from superiors. That was up until this weekend when Slabbed  tweeted out an interesting Facebook post. Continue reading