City considers cash shift to promote TV and movie production
NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — Some officials in a southwest Mississippi city want to shift money earmarked for business recruitment and to promote film and television production.
Natchez aldermen this week voted 5-1 to research whether up to $100,000 in property tax revenue could be redirected.
The money now goes to Natchez Inc., an economic development authority serving Natchez and Adams County.
A group called Film Natchez seeks $200,000 to promote area video production.
The Natchez Democrat reports Alderwoman Joyce Arceneaux-Mathis proposed the switch.
Mayor Darryl Grennell says he thinks a state law governing Natchez Inc. forbids such a move.
Natchez Inc. Executive Director Chandler Russ says his group supports film production and is willing to pass additional money through to Film Natchez, but opposes diverting the $100,000 because it pays his group’s operating budget.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/