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UPDATE MARCH 17, 2013 Overlay Vote Passed on 3-15-13 Against the Public's Will This past Friday, March 15th, the Rankin County Board of Supervisors voted to form an overlay district that will enforce special zoning regulations in neighborhoods in the Ross Barnett Reservoir area to protect property values in the overlay district. Since the overlay district is not in the city limits the cost of enforcing the additional zoning will be paid by all county residents. Our first survey results and public action applied enough pressure to the Board of Supervisors to delay the vote. Compromises were made and the Overlay had a bunch of unenforceable zoning content removed. Supporters of the overlay district told the public there will be no additional cost to the county because the fines collected by ordinance violators will cover the cost of enforcement. If they really believed that why wouldn't they include wording that required the Overlay to be 100% self funded? Results from the first survey reveal that 84% of voters think tax money paid by all county residents should not only benefit a few communities in the Ross Barnett Reservoir area? The second survey shows 79% of voters think the overlay should include wording that reads the overlay district will be 100% self-funded by the district and this will be verified annually by a third party audit. Jared Morrison in District was the only Supervisor to prove he agreed with the people and voted against the Overlay for the same reasons the public did not support the plan.
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