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Hinds County taxpayers pay double for private contract

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By Marsha Thompson - bio | email

HINDS COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - Hinds County taxpayers will have to shell out some 40-thousand dollars to redraw district lines for Hinds County. That is twice the cost of what neighboring counties are paying.

On a motion by then Board President Robert Graham, supervisors voted in December to approve a contract with Derrick Johnson Consultants, LLC for 40-thousand dollars to perform redistricting. 

Johnson is an attorney and head of the Mississippi NAACP. He is also a private contractor with experience in redrawing district maps. Ironically there is no mention of the contract in the December board meeting agenda.

Ten years ago, the Central Mississippi Planning and Development District performed the work much cheaper. CMPDD, a private non-profit has been hired by Madison and Rankin counties to redraw district lines for 20-thousand dollars each. Clark Holmes, CEO of CMPDD said today, " We customarily do work much cheaper than what private consultants charge, because we are a cooperative and the county's membership gets them a cheaper price."

Governments are required to redistrict areas every decade based on census information. All new district boundaries have to be approved by the U.S. Department of Justice.  We were unable to contact Supervisor George Smith for comment on the contract.  For more information on this report:  http://www.kingfish1935.blogspot.com/

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