Biloxi: Casino rent belongs in our pockets

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) – Biloxi city attorneys have argued that more than $1 million of casino rent money that was put into the state’s general fund defies a court settlement that mandates the money be paid to the city.

The Sun Herald reports city representatives squared off against an attorney for the Secretary of State’s office during a court hearing in Hancock County Chancery Court on Thursday before Judge Jennifer Schloegel.

The state argued legislation supersedes previous court settlements.

Biloxi is trying to recoup the $1.18 million in back rent payment and establish a future agreement that would put authority over the money in city hands. The agreement would remove the Secretary of State as trustee of the funds.

A date for the next court hearing has not yet been set.