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Local Government Debt Setoff Act signed into law.

Courtesy: Mississippi Public Broadcasting, post by Desare Frazier

Mississippians who have unpaid bills in cities or counties may have to forfeit their state income tax refunds, if the governor signs a House bill into law. MPB's Desare Frazier reports.

Unpaid water or sewer bills, property taxes, and the cost of cleaning-up overgrown lots are some of the debts local governments say they struggle to collect. That's according to Republican Senator Joey Fillingane of Sumrall.  The chair of the Finance Committe says House Bill 991 would allow cities and counties to collect those debts by garnishing state income tax refunds.