Friday, March 9, 2018

Jackson groups ask Tate to help pass community improvement district bill.

A group of Jackson neighborhood associations sent an open letter to Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves asking for his help in passing a community improvement district bill.  SB# 3045 will authorize the creation of such districts.  Copy of bill.

The bill states that the district will be established if 60% of the taxable property owners in the proposed district vote for it's creation.  The district can levy an assessment of up to six mills on property owners if 70% of the taxable property owners vote for the assessment.  A plan for the use of the assessments must be submitted to the municipality before the vote occurs.  (Section 2). 

The letter was signed by Bellevue Gardens HOA, Belhaven Improvement Association, Carolwood HOA, Country Club of Jackson HOA, District at Eastover, Eastover Security Association, Belhaven Heights Community Association, Broadmeadow Neighborhood Association, Fondren Renaissance Foundation, Fountain Place HOA, Greater Belhaven Foundation, Greater Eastover Neighborhood Foundation, Heatherwood Area HOA, Massena Heights HOA, Lefleur East Foundation, Lefleur Museum District, LOHO, Northlake HOA, Northpoint Neighborhood Association, Redeemer Church & School, Revitalize Mississippi, and Sheffield Area HOA.




52 comments:

Anonymous said...

Let the gentrification commence! LMAO!!!

Anonymous said...

Probably not wise to allow private HOAs etc. levy assessments on private parties’ land. Sounds like a PID, and the spectacular failures around the Jackson area of PIDs give me pause. Just not so sure about this....

Anonymous said...

Elected dues-collecting HOAs are one thing, those Foundations and Security Associations don't represent anybody beyond contributors or subscribers.

Anonymous said...

I don’t think you understand what gentrification is

Anonymous said...

I don’t think you understand what gentrification is

Anonymous said...

This ought to be fun!

Anonymous said...

### Metro Ad Valorem Millage Rates (as of 12-31-2016) ###

Jackson = 69.03 mils [CID LUNACY Rate]

Jackson = 63.03 mils [includes Lumumba 2017 2.0 mil increase]

Canton = 56.32 mils

Edwards = 47.0 mils
Clinton = 41.49 mils

Bolton = 36.3 mils
Flora = 34.5 mils
Byram = 34.1 mils
---> AVERAGE = 32.8 mils <---

Brandon = 29.0 mils
Madison = 28.8 mils
Terry = 27.85 mils
Pearl = 27.5 mils
Pelahatchie = 26.0 mils
Raymond = 25.62 mils
Florence = 22.9 mils
Ridgeland = 20.03 mils
Flowood = 20.0 mils

Richland = 19.0 mils

*excludes County & School District

Anonymous said...

Kennuth Stokes blows his top in...3,2,1.....

Anonymous said...

gen·tri·fi·ca·tion
ˌjentrəfəˈkāSH(ə)n/Submit
noun
the process of renovating and improving a house or district so that it conforms to middle-class taste.
"an area undergoing rapid gentrification"
the process of making a person or activity more refined or polite.
"soccer has undergone gentrification"

Anonymous said...

8:52 You might need to define it. In the simplest terms by all means, this is Mississippi.

Anonymous said...

This bill actually makes sense and could do a lot of good, but word on the street is Tate Reeves doesn't have the stones to let it through the senate.

This allows homeowners to assess themselves a small tax deductible contribution to improve the area where they live. It doesn't go into the general pot like the rest of the property taxes. Most homes would be looking at $50-$150 year depending on their size/value. A little bit of money from everyone will generate a lot of money to improve neighborhoods. This ultimately makes them safer, more attractive, and better places to live which in turn increases property values.

Anonymous said...

Massive backdoor redistribution of property owner wealth as Jackson will stop spending any dollars beyond that collected by the special assessment on parks, sidewalks, streets inside of these districts. You'll also be forced to pay for private security patrols in lieu of JPD coverage as well as equipping that private security force.


34 or services established under Sections 1 through 13 of this act to
35 improve the appearance or functioning of property located within
36 the district including, but not limited to, parks and related
37 facilities, sidewalks, streets, street curbing
, street medians,
38 planting areas, walls, lighting equipment, gates, fencing,
39 fountains and flagpoles; (ii) trees, shrubs, flowers and other
40 vegetation; (iii) security enhancements including, but not limited
41 to, cameras, radios, monitors and related equipment; (iv) private
42 patrol services
; (v) the acquisition, rehabilitation and sale of
43 property in a special local improvement assessment district; and
44 (vi) any expenditures made in conjunction with the improvements
45 set forth above such as the removal and relocation of utility
46 service
or purchase and removal of signs.

Anonymous said...

@9:06 Baby Chok is going to seek another prop tax increase later this year so those figures for Jackson are going higher.

Anonymous said...

Property value killer. They want to issue bonds and tie the CID collections to the bond payment. Once they do that these additional taxes will never go away. Suffice to say all the Bond Pimps are salivating over this one.

Anonymous said...

9:29 you are wrong. Its ok to be against this but at least stick to the facts and not wild propaganda. This would only supplement city services and allow neighborhoods to help themselves. Its also not limited to any one part of the city.

Anonymous said...

You all better pray to Sweet Lord Jesus for some gentrification. It's what happens in cities that aren't dying.

I doubt this bill would do much to achieve gentrification, but we don't have the luxury of staying "authentic". Authentic Jackson is a s***hole.

Anonymous said...

Look when you are under assault from your own City, people are willing to grasp at straws to try anything to get relief and security. Or some of the people that can afford to jack up their own taxes could try investing in some of the depressed areas - one store or restaurant at a time - and move the economic needle north. Grant Park, East Atlanta, L5P were all turned around by people with the courage to move in, buy-in and market. The only sad thing is now blacks are freaking out because ATL is electing more white leaders each election cycle. That my friends is racism.

Anonymous said...

Build the wall now!

Anonymous said...


You can not put "Lipstick on a Pig" and call it something else...It's still a pig !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There are investment criteria for funding Real Estate developments...there are Tier 1 cities (The Best), Tier 2 cities, and Tier 3 cities (Bottom)---Jackson,Mississippi is not even listed...the nearest Tier Three city is Memphis. This in itself puts Jackson in a category that no corporations, investors or financial institutions wants to come to this area. "Lipstick on a Pig" !!!!! No one can solve the problem.

Anonymous said...

The letter to Tate Reeves is incorrect.

Once they issue bonds ain't no way in Hades anything gets rescinded.

Anonymous said...

8:31 AM has been watch boyz in da hood again.

Anonymous said...

10:01 AM you can drive an 18-wheeler through that bill language.

Anonymous said...

The Pres of our HOA did not ask his members for approval to sign the letter in support of the legislation.

Anonymous said...

This is not an cost effective way to manage but it is the only chance that these areas of the city have for a few more years of basic life. The people that live there will be taxed at least twice but not much other choice than move for a loss of purchase of price.Key will be keep the City of it as much as possible. No reason this should not pass and worth a shot.

Anonymous said...

March 9, 2018 at 10:01 AM

Why does JPD need to be supplemented? Because Hosemann's truck got jacked? Because some criminals are robbing, kidnapping, shooting and murdering?

My neighborhood has a security patrol and it hasn't stopped crime.

This letter is playing on crime fear exactly like politicians at election time play on crime fear in order to get elected. Now it is crime fear in order to raise taxes even higher.

Kingfish said...

JPD is currently short officers and having to pay overtime just to cover regular beats but ok.

Anonymous said...

... a small tax deductible contribution ...

ONLY if under the $10,000 cap. It is a property tax, not a charitable contribution. Don't mislead.

Anonymous said...

Bullshit to paying more taxes to pretty up intersections and interstate off-ramps. Last time voting for Walter Michel who doesn't even live in Jackson.

Anonymous said...

Why not just ask all those affected for $25 a month.

Put it in an entity, elect a board to direct the money’s use.

Why ask Tate to do something he’s not going to do.

Waste of air.

Anonymous said...

I live in an area that has a HOA. I wasn't told that when I bought.
If I would have been aware of it I would have never bought into the area.
No one wants some nosey busy bodies always sticking their nose into your business.

Anonymous said...

Don't see anything in the bill you linked to Mr. Kingfish that protects the many fixed income senior citizens in my NEJ neighborhood. They struggle now to pay their taxes even with the exemptions.

Louis LeFleur said...

So this is the first step in Belhaven, Fondren, and NE Jackson seceding from Jackson to become Jackson East (or Flowood West)?

Anonymous said...

If "a little bit of money from everyone will generate
a lot of money to improve neighborhoods" then alot
of voluntary money from the few pushing this bill will
generate the same. Crappy streets, sewage leaks, water
meter fiascos, high crime rates don't get fixed by this
bill. Higher ad valorem = increased cost of
ownership = reduced demand = downward press on values.
Its already hard to sell homes in NE Jackson. The fancy
up of Exit 100 did jack shit to bump up home prices.
Throwing more money at the same won't either.

Anonymous said...

That will never happen Louie.

Anonymous said...

Beware of all powerful HOA's. In an honest attempt to help your neighborhood, you can unwittingly become someone who is under the capricious thumb of an HOA board. They can promulgate rules that can literally force you to comply with any edict they care to make. I sympathize with the good folks in Jackson but there are many better ways to accomplish their goals without trading one master for another.

Anonymous said...

Why aren't they pushing to make this hot concept of local improvement taxing districts available statewide?

Anonymous said...

Let's just break Jackson into pieces:

The area from the Ag Museum to the Country Club becomes Northeast Jackson. In other words, Northeast Jackson becomes Northeast Jackson. A fence is immediately erected around the perimeter with armed entry points at each major road. The one on Lakeland is nicknamed "Checkpoint Chokwe". Anyone with a car that cost less than $20,000 is asked to move.

Meadowbrook, Fondren, Belhaven and Millsaps merge to become Funkytown. Marijuana is immediately declared legal as the craft beer flows freely. Tattoo parlors, vinyl record stores, and artisan bakeries are given tax free status. The town has the highest number of musicians per capita and the lowest per capita income (unless you count the money sent from mommy and daddy). The residents declare that the town is now permanently funky.

Downtown becomes the MCD - Mississippi Capitol District - under control of the state Legislature, with the Airport as an adjunct district. An elevated train is built to connect the Capitol to the main terminal of the newly-renamed Ross Barnett International Airport, with daily flights to Oxford during football season. The GOP majority declares the district's motto is now "Heritage, Not Hate" and Governmayor Bryant declares the current state flag to be the permanent banner of both the state and the district. All teachers are required to carry automatic weapons - to protect the kids.

The remaining sections merge into Medgarton. Every street in the area is renamed after Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, or Barack Obama. Google Maps crashes when trying to figure out the difference between Evers Road, Evers Street, Evers Lane, Evers Avenue, Evers Parkway, and Evers Boulevard. Metrocenter is reopened as Medgarcenter, with City Hall in the old Sears. Several Confederate monuments are erected just so they can be publicly taken down. The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. International Air Salon and Community Center (formerly Hawkins Field) offers flights to Detroit, Oakland, and Mound Bayou. The Zoo stays where it is.

Anonymous said...

Look a majority of these people can easily pay the aditional fees for this. They pay private school tuition and river hills or cc of Jackson dues. Let's not forget they're the ones that look down upon middle class families in the burbs using public schools. My 2 kids were enrolled at JA last year and I left because of the snobby NE Jackson attitude and wives were nothing more than NE Jackson tennis mom's that seemed burdened by the fact they had to wait in carpool line

Anonymous said...

3:26, that was hilarious

Anonymous said...

Reeves is dropping bills so he can repay favors with "transportaion" funding...ie reunion, the bridge act, this crap

Anonymous said...

Can we put a gate at the Pearl River on Lakeland? We could charge a fee to allow entrance into Flowood to Jackson residents. Jackson could do the same to Flowood residents. I would not be effected at all and Flowood would be safer.

Since Jackson decided to elect a “radical” mayor I have made a conscious decision to avoid spending any money in “Jacktown”. I have great places to spend money in Flowood, Ridgeland, and Madison. Never even need to step foot in the “City with Soul”.

Anonymous said...

9:20, You and I are a lot alike. If I have to buy something outside of Jackson, I just order it over the internet. It would be great if everyone from Flowood who works in Jackson would pay 1 percent of their paycheck to the City of Jackson. When I lived in Kansas City, there was a similar law for people who worked in Kansas City but lived outside the Kansas City city limits. Nobody complained about paying the small fee because they were using Kansas City's streets and public services every day.

Anonymous said...

9:20
You do realize that many businesses in glowed are owned by north east Jackson families. Interior spaces Puckett many at ergon... Jackson prep wouldn't exist without northeast jackson. You don't have a clue as to how much money is in Northeast Jackson. You assume it's like south Jackson. You are clearly unaware of the area near flood from eastover... much more money there than average neighborhood in flowood.

Anonymous said...

Then certainly you'd agree 11:45 in reciprocity. If anyone living in Jackson worked in a neighboring city they should pay 1 percent of their paycheck to that city for using that city's streets and public services every day.

Anonymous said...

Tate and the Mississippi legislature won't support anything that has been successful elsewhere.

They do have a penchant for mimicking the worst legislation in the country.

I think they find the idea of successful urban areas and attracting intelligent people to our State too threatening.

If we remain uneducated and poor, they stay in power.


Anonymous said...

618, that's an ok tradeoff. Jackson would win bigtime. Want evidence? Check out the traffic on Lakeland, I-55, Hwy 49 every morning and every evening. Which way are the traffic jams with people going to work and leaving work?

Anonymous said...

"The Pres of our HOA did not ask his members for approval to sign the letter in support of the legislation."

He didn't need to. You granted him that authority when you elected him. Do you also think the HOA needs your approval every time they (might) place a lien on a property for accumulated unpaid dues?

On a related note, a realtor in Mississippi is required by law to advise a home buyer if the property sits in an HOA.

Anonymous said...

March 9, 2018 at 3:26 PM, that was a fun read! I do think, though, that when FNEJ secedes from Jackson, it needs to become part of either Madison or Rankin Counties. There's a precedent for part of Rankin County's being on the west side of the Pearl, actually. But since the area is also contiguous with the southern edge of Madison County, it could go either way. Thanks again, for the brilliant satire.

Anonymous said...

Fact is the area in northeast bordering flowood is a very wealthy area anyone would be happy to have that as a part of their community. The amount of family money is massive for a state such as Mississippi. Jackson Prep families mainly. People outside of this area haven't any idea.

Anonymous said...

6:54, People do not really give a damn.
Jackson is still Jackson, no matter what part.
Law enforcement and the court system will still stay the same. Crime will be the same.
Trying to get people to understand why one part of Jackson is so much better than another part is sort of like picking up a turd by the clean end.

Anonymous said...


I was told several years ago that most of the disconnect notices for non payment of utilities go to Northeast Jackson...do that tell you something !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Everything is not always as it appears............

Anonymous said...

Hmmm... yes those private school tennis and golf club families just love to skip out of water bills. "Fake news"
Your suburban public school pta neighbors told you that.

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