Biloxi says Secretary of State owes city $1.2 million

The City of Biloxi and the Institutions of Higher Learning are joining forces against the Secretary of State in Chancery Court to get money they say they are owed.

The city is arguing that the Secretary of State owes the city $1.2 million in tidelands rent from the Golden Nugget property at Point Cadet….

…Blessey says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann transferred the money in April, which was held in trust, to help the state Legislature meet a budget shortfall.

“Whatever the secretary’s differences with the legislature are, that’s his problem,” Blessey said. “He shouldn’t be blaming this on the Legislature. He should have paid the city and IHL the money that was been owed all year.”