Tit-for-tat makes Ocean Springs debate lively, interesting

Candidates for mayor provided a stark contrast in their picture of city finances and where the city is headed.

Shooting back and forth on issues of city money reserves, beautification and whether the county is setting property values high and using the city as a piggy bank, the candidates — Mayor Connie Moran and Jackson County Supervisor John McKay — stirred the crowd to cheers and occasional jeers.

It was a lively debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center to a crowd of what appeared to be more than 200.

McKay said the city is projected to have an $80,000 deficit at the end of the budget year this fall and he can provide the leadership “to avoid an impending crisis.”

Sun Herald
5/14/13