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Jackson and sales tax panel at odds over spending authority

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Jackson City Council is borrowing $11 million for water treatment improvements. A member of an oversight commission says the city can't repay the loan using sales tax money without that panel's OK. 

Mayor Tony Yarber says the City Council has authority to approve spending from the sales tax fund. Infrastructure Sales Tax Commission member Pete Perry says that money can only be spent on projects approved by the state panel and that council can't obligate that money until the commission signs off.

State lawmakers created the commission to oversee spending of a 1-penny sales tax approved by Jackson voters to fix dilapidated road, water and sewer systems. Yarber says he hopes to present a master plan to the commission soon.

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