Pascagoula took back the tax increase the school system wanted

The Pascagoula City Council on Thursday said the school district didn’t follow the law when it asked for a nearly 4-mill tax increase, so they took it back.

All but one member of the City Council voted to rescind the tax hike that would have raised taxes in Pascagoula and Gautier by 1.34 mills to pay for school operating costs and 2.62 mills to pay off a $22 million loan the school planned to make over 10 years for a performing arts center in Pascagoula, stadium turf and improvements to aging buildings.

Pascagoula voted on Sept. 14 to give the Pascagoula-Gautier School District the tax hike it wanted. But they approved it under protest. They since found out the school system didn’t follow the law when making its request.