Senate Passes Southaven Park Funding Bill

Parker: “bill addresses the wishes of both those in favor of and those opposed to this program

JACKSON (February 15, 2017) – Today the Mississippi Senate passed SB2949 which extends the current funding program for Southaven parks. The measure includes a mechanism to repeal the program. Senator David Parker authored the legislation which was co-authored by Senator Chris Massey and Senator Kevin Blackwell. The measure now proceeds to the House of Representatives for consideration.

“Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite and the entire Board of Aldermen requested an extension of the Southaven parks funding program. But some individuals oppose it, and the Southaven city leadership agreed we should have mechanism to repeal it if the voters of Southaven so desire. The Senate passed this compromise today that puts the program in the hands of our local electorate,” Parker said.

The measure would continue the current program, but allow for opponents to call for a referendum with a petition of 1,500 Southaven voters (or 20 percent of the electors, whichever is fewer) which would continue or repeal the program. A majority of Southaven voters have twice approved the program in previous elections.

“I’m proud the City of Southaven and my Senate colleagues could work together to listen to the concerns of everyone involved and pass a bill which addresses the wishes of both those in favor of and those opposed to this program,” Parker said.

The full bill can be read here.

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