Deadline looms for expensive fix of Hattiesburg’s sewer system

VETOED: Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree vetoed an ordinance that would have raised the city’s sewer rates 150 percent.
By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog
The Hattiesburg sewer system controversy has two smells — the putrid odor of sewage of that sometimes envelopes downtown and the crisp scent of dollar bills from taxpayers.
However, an expensive public-private partnership agreement to deal with Hattiesburg’s sewage problems might be running into a serious roadblock.
According to an amendment to its 2013 contract with Groundworx LLC, the company faces a June 2 deadline to come up with financing or else the city can pursue other options. The deadline originally was April 2 before the City Council voted in January to

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