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Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 9/19/2013 5:34 pm
CORINTH, Miss. (WTVA) -- Alderman Andrew Labas shares something with his fellow city officials-an infrastructure wish list.

"Unfortunately, cities throughout Mississippi are looking at infrastructure problems like this-not enough dollars to go around, so we're scrounging for every dollar we can to make sure we get what we need to done."

They've managed to scrounge up $1.6 million or least that's the plan as the city takes measures to borrow money through a bond issue.

Several projects will be pursued including the paving of streets in all wards and special projects to enhance the downtown area.

That effort is separate from another more ambitious one in the works. City officials want the Mississippi Legislature to pass a law that would allow cities across the state to impose a half-cent sales tax with voter approval.

All this comes just over one year after they said no to a self-imposed ad valorem tax increase.

An overwhelming majority voted it down in a special election last August.

What was called Future Fare died. Voters said no, but city officials say they're not giving up. Those projects still need to be funded.

"A half cent sales in the city of Corinth would generate $1 million a year for us," Labas added.

What sounds good on paper may or may not go over well with voters.

"Well, I believe that once a sales tax is in-it's in forever," Randy Garza said.

"The citizens also need to make sure that their leaders are responsibly using the money, so I don't have a problem with the city taking care of their streets and asking me to give more to take care of the streets as long as what they're doing is taking care of the streets," Bobby Capps said.

Labas says under the law, the sales tax would have to be voted on every five years to keep it in place.
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