JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The Capital City will apparently not be receiving six-million dollars in interest-free bond money from the state. The funds would have been used to repair Jackson's century-old water lines.
Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson said Wednesday he was caught off guard to hear the six million was passed over by the Mississippi Bond Commission.
In January, the city declared a state of emergency when pipes froze and burst during an extended period of freezing weather.
Johnson called it a huge setback for the ailing water and sewer system.
"The City of Jackson would be forced to look very seriously at significant rate increases. There would be no other choice. We will have no other choice in the matter," said the mayor.
Wednesday, he urged the bond commission to reconsider.