BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGS ARE HELD ON THE 1ST AND THIRD MONDAY OF EACH MONTH AT 9:00 A.M. IN THE JASPER COUNTY COURTHOUSE IN BAY SPRINGS.
The Jasper County Board of Supervisors is responsible for the management of county government and a number of special districts. The five supervisors are elected by district to four-year terms by the citizens of Jasper County. There are no term limits. Board members serve residents in districts of different geographical size, but each district has approximately equal population.
The Board’s primary duties include:
- adopting an annual budget;
- establishing the annual property tax rate;
- setting policies, goals and objectives to direct the county’s growth and development;
- adopting and providing for ordinances, rules and regulations as necessary for the general welfare of the county, and
- carrying out responsibilities as set forth by Mississippi state statutes
At the beginning of each year, the Board chooses from its members a president and a vice president to serve during the following year. The president presides at Board meetings and signs documents in the name of the county. The vice president substitutes when the president is absent.
The board of supervisors is delegated “full jurisdiction over [county] roads, ferries and bridges, to be exercised in accordance with such regulations as the legislature may prescribe . . .” This responsibility is unquestionably a matter of vital importance to the life of every county. However, it is important to recognize that roads and bridges represent only one of the board’s many concerns.
In today’s counties, the boards of supervisors are delegated a variety of other public duties of equal importance which touch virtually every facet of life. As is the case with the board of directors of a major corporation, the board of supervisors has the task of guiding and establishing policy for the complex multi-million dollar enterprise of county government. As members of the board, supervisors make decisions that directly impact economic development, public health, safety and welfare. Suffice it to say, the office of county supervisor is a position of public trust that has certain attendant duties and obligations.
The role of county boards of supervisors with respect to industrial development has increased significantly in recent years. The board of supervisors has the opportunity and resources to serve as a major player in attracting commercial and industrial development into the county.
To begin with, counties have the discretionary authority to engage in the advertisement of the county’s resources.To assist the board and other development organizations with industrial development responsibility, the board of supervisors may establish economic development districts and levy taxes for the purpose of financing and supporting economic development districts. Counties may establish airport authorities and industrial parks. For those counties along the navigable waterways of the state, there is the discretionary authority to form
port authorities to assist in economic development activities.
Counties may now expand their authority and reach by participating with cities and othercounties through the formation of regional economic development alliances to share costs and revenues of certain industrial projects, and to pledge revenue derived from a project to secure payment of bonds. Mississippi law also offers a wide variety of state grants, public financing, development tools, and tax incentives that are available to the board of supervisors in its industrial development efforts. These include, among others, the authority to acquire or construct projects and issue general obligation or revenue bonds therefore, and participate in opportunities offered under such programs as the Mississippi Business Finance Corporation, Mississippi Business Investment Act, Tax Increment Financing Act, Growth and Prosperity Program, Major Economic Impact Authority,Small Municipalities and Limited Population Counties Program, and others.