Lamar County Democrat Supervisor wants tax breaks to draw businesses
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Lamar County District 2 Supervisor Ben Winston said he would like to see the board of supervisors consider tax breaks as a way of spurring economic development, particularly in conjunction with the South Mississippi Industrial Park near Lumberton.
"One thing that challenges us more in Lamar County than in Forrest County is that Forrest County is more (accepting) of tax exemptions," Winston said Wednesday morning during a meeting with the Hattiesburg American editorial board. "My thoughts on this, especially with the economics the way they are, is that if you fish with no bait, you’re not going to catch much, and if you do catch anything, it’s not going to have much value to it.
"Now, other people are fishing with a lot more bait, trying to catch businesses to locate in their areas."
Winston, a Democrat, is running against Republican challenger Warren Byrd in the Nov. 8 general election.
The incumbent is wrapping up his first term representing a swath of the county that swings east from central south Lamar over to a tapering strip that runs north up the eastern edge and into the Hattiesburg city limits.
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