Jackson Mayor opposes Byram Clinton Corridor project

Published: Jan. 20, 2012 at 10:33 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 at 12:53 AM CST
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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - At Tuesday's board meeting, Hinds County District 5 Supervisor Kenneth Stokes voiced concern that not everyone in the county will benefit from the Byram Clinton Norrell Parkway, a 16-mile corridor expected to bring in economic development.

Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson says, "The proposed financing of the Parkway would create an undue burden on the citizens of Jackson, particularly since the current route does not include any part of Jackson. We believe any proposed parkway in Hinds County should also include Jackson so that our citizens can reap the economic impact a project of this magnitude would generate. This is especially relevant since Jackson taxpayers pay nearly seventy percent of the property taxes in Hinds County."

But District 4 Supervisor Phil Fisher says city taxes inevitably run over into county projects that benefit all citizens.

"Tax dollars in Terry, Utica, Bolton, Clinton, Byram, Learned is all going in the thought process to Old Capitol Green. Tax money is being used for that project. Hinds County taxpayers. We all grow together or we all fall together," Fisher says.

The Parkway is already under construction. The first section is actually the new asphalt on Siwell Road. The next section up will start at Davis Road, at the old PB gas station. That will be new roads. However, that section may not be the next to be built. There's interest in picking up at the other end of the Parkway, near the John Bell Williams Airport in Bolton. It's owned by Hinds Community College.

"You open up the John Bell Williams Airport, and you allow that facility to expand and of course from that you open up the opportunity to ship and receive from that facility," Fisher says.

The county has enough money to buy all necessary land for the project. They're currently obtaining rights of way.

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