Northeast Mississippi is receiving more than $4.2 million for bond bill projects as the 2020 Legislative session comes to close ... for now.
Leaders called adjournment late Wednesday, but lawmakers could still be called back to Jackson through the end of the year to handle issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The area is receiving a slice of the total $291 million being borrowed in the lean budget year. It will raise the state’s bond debt to about $4.2 billion.
The annual bond bill, also known as the “Christmas tree” bill, will deliver $2,821,790 to Alcorn County.
Projects to be completed with the funds include Crossroads Regional Park repairs and upgrades, Farmington water system improvements, development projects for The Alliance, Jacinto Courthouse improvements and American Legion Perry A Johns Post 6 upgrades. COVID-19 relief funds for Magnolia Regional Health Center are also part of the total amount.
According to Republican Rep. Nick Bain of Corinth, the projects have the potential to be game changers for Corinth and Alcorn County.
“From the economic development and quality of life standpoint, this money is going to help us take the next step,” Bain told the Daily Corinthian.
Sen. Rita Potts Parks said the funds will help drive economic development.
In addition to the Alcorn County funds, Parks was able to help secure $975,000 for Tippah County projects for hospital construction, industrial park or recreational park improvements and infrastructure improvements.
“I am so very thankful to be able bring more money to my district to help fund needed projects,” said the Republican senator from Corinth.
Rep. Lester “Bubba” Carpenter, a Republican from Burnsville, worked along side Bain and Parks on getting funds to Corinth and Alcorn County. He also helped secure $500,000 for a project in Tishomingo County.
“The money will go to help assist in the cost to replace a bridge that has been closed for some time on Tishomingo County Road 133,” said Carpenter.
Prentiss County did not receive any project funds in the 2020 session.