The Pearl River County Board of Supervisors decided that Butler Snow had lived pretty well at the county trough and terminated a $450,000 "consulting" contract at its regular board meeting this week. The Picayune Item reported yesterday:
Wednesday, the Pearl River County Board of Supervisors decided not to renew a contract with Butler Snow after hearing concerns from citizens about its failure to bring economic development to the county.The contract is not a public record? Oh really.
Pearl River County resident Tavish Kelly represented a group of concerned citizens expressing concern over the proposed contract renewal with VisionFirst Advisors, an economic development firm of Butler Snow.
The board entered into a contract with the law firm in 2012 to manage the county’s economic development efforts to attract businesses and boost employment, which Kelly said is a waste of the county’s time. “One of our concerns is the idea of hiring an outside firm and charging them with economic development to begin with,” Kelly said.
The previous contract required the county to pay the firm $450,000 within a three-year period to assist with economic development, according to previous Item coverage.
“The expectation was that Butler Snow would deliver new business to the county in order for our citizens to prosper and earn more money and for the general value of this community to increase. And that did not manifest,” Kelly said. “We want to see our county richer, wealthier and better employed. We need to keep our tax dollars within the county.”
He recommended the board make the contract public and hold a hearing to get public feedback, however, the board immediately agreed that it was time to cut ties with the contract in order to move the county forward. Rest of article