CID passed by the Senate

By ANTHONY WARREN,

It passed. 

HB 1612, which would allow for the creation of Community Improvement Districts (CIDs), just passed the Senate.

The vote total was immediately available.

The measure was amended, meaning it will have to go back to the House for concurrence.

Under provisions of the measure, homeowner associations would be able to form special taxing districts and then use the funds to cover public improvements within their neighborhoods.

Amendments including restricting the bill to cities of 150,000, meaning only neighborhoods in Jackson would be eligible to form the districts. 

The measure was authored by Rankin County Rep. Mark Baker. The bill that passed the House allowed CIDs in cities across the state.

The bill passed the Senate Finance Committee on March 18.

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