The Clarion-Ledger, 2/6/9

The Jackson City Council has the weight of the state attorney general’s office behind its efforts to force Mayor Frank Melton to turn over some financial records.

The council has clashed with city officials over the right to see Jackson’s 1099 and W-2 forms from 2005 to 2008. The federal tax forms track payments made to contract workers and city employees.

The attorney general’s opinion dated Jan. 30 says the council can review the city’s tax records. It was unclear Thursday if the documents have been released.

“Naturally, the City Council is authorized to require the production of and to receive the municipal tax records it has requested in order to fulfill its legislative budgetary responsibilities,” the opinion states.