Thursday, April 22, 2021

Does the Mayor Serve Illegally on the 1% Sales Tax Commission?

 Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba serves on the Jackson 1% Sales Tax Commission and the Capitol Complex Improvement District Advisory Committee even though the Mississippi Code prevents him from doing so.  

The Jackson City Council appointed Mayor Lumumba to the Commission on July 18, 2017. 

The City Council reappointed the Mayor last year.  The Mayor has served as Chairman of the Commission ever since his first appointment.  

The Mayor also serves on the Capitol Complex Improvement District Advisory Committee. The Legislature created the CCID in 2017.  Section 29-5-213 of the Mississippi Code appoints the Jackson Mayor to the Committee: 

(1) There is created the Capitol Complex Improvement District Project Advisory Committee composed of the following nine (9) members:

  • (a) The Mayor of the City of Jackson or his or her designee

The Mayor has been a member of the Board since its inception. 


However, the statute does place one limitation on the Mayor. Section (2) states: 

 (2) Members appointed to the committee shall not also serve as members of the commission established by the City of Jackson pursuant to Section 27-65-241.

Section 27-65-241 is the enabling statute for the Jackson 1% Sales Tax Commission.  It allows the city to appoint three members to the Commission:

(ii) Three (3) members shall be appointed at large by the mayor of the municipality, with the advice and consent of the legislative body of the municipality, for initial terms of two (2), three (3) and four (4) years respectively. All appointments made by the mayor pursuant to this paragraph shall be residents of the municipality.

The Mayor's father and  Mayor Tony Yarber served on the Commission.  However, Mayor Lumumba is the first Mayor to serve on the Commission since the CCID statute became law.  

He has served on both the Commission and the Committee for 3 years and three months.

 Kingfish note: If the Mayor's service on the Commission since January 2018 has been illegal, does that mean his votes do not count?


Anonymous said...

It does appear that Chokweed has been participating illegally on the CCID Advisory Committee. Not surprising given his arrogance that he thought he could get away with it. But who is going to stop him?

Anonymous said...

For "speaking (writing) truth to power," you are hereby kicked out of Jackson, Mississippi. Signed, Mayor.

Anonymous said...

I misread this story for my first post.

Clearly, Chokeweed has been serving illegally on the 1% Commission for the last 2 years. Given his arrogance and shadiness that is no surprise that he knew he would be able to get away with it. The question is what can be done? Jackson voters had a chance to rid us of him but they clearly don't give a shit.

Anonymous said...

Par for the course for a mayor who demands special treatment.

Anonymous said...

The soft bigotry of low expectations will shield him from any consequences.

Anonymous said...

Since when has the CoJ cared about what the laws of the state of MS are?

Anonymous said...

But the laws don’t apply to the ruling elite... Chuckles Lumumbles is above the law... he IS the law...

Bill Dees said...

Under the statute you cited, the Mayor isn't "appointed", he's designated by the code section. Under the subsections you didn't post, the remaining 8 members are specifically "appointed". Are you having a slow news say?

Kingfish said...

Why don't you read it yourself. One statute appoints him or his designee. That is CCID.

The other one leaves it up to city council. He nominated himself and the council approved it.

Anonymous said...

It's not the law that matters. It's who enforces the law that matters.

Anonymous said...

You serve on the bitch commission. Robert rules of Bitch is the system y'all use.

Anonymous said...

Is anyone surprised when known lawbreakers break the law?

Anonymous said...

Again I will say it. If Chok spends one dime of the 200 million or whatever the feds or state give him to fix the infrastructure on friendly companies that don't know what they are doing like the ones who tried to install Siemens equipment. It consulting fees or coaching fees. He and the entire counsil should go to jail

Anonymous said...

Laws? We ain't got no laws.
We don't have no laws.
We don't need no stinking laws.

Anonymous said...

A better question than "does the mayor serve illegally..." would be "Does it matter to anyone that lives in Jackson, if he does?"

Anonymous said...

Proof that being a attorney, or surrounded by them, doesn't mean shit.

Kingfish said...

And Melvin is back

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