Barbour: Put tax office in Jackson

Gov. Haley Barbour is pushing for the Department of Revenue to relocate from Clinton to the Landmark Center in downtown Jackson.

In a letter sent to lawmakers recently, Barbour said the location would save money and help support the capital city.

“Recent statistics show that Jackson’s vacancy rate is approximately 27 percent – a figure too large to ignore,” he wrote. “Leasing the Landmark Center will be an economic boost to Jackson by keeping the building on the city’s tax rolls, as well as supporting growth in downtown business activities.”

Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. supports the relocation, which could bring hundreds of state employees to downtown. As a former member of the agency once called the state Tax Commission, he said, “I know how important it is to have DOR services in the downtown area.”

Clarion Ledger