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There are 82 counties in Mississippi.[1]

Types of local government

Local government in Mississippi consists of:

  • Counties. Mississippi is divided up into Counties by Mississippi State Statute Title 19 Ch. 1. No counties can have charters.
  • Cities. Any municipality with a population of 2,000 or greater is classified as a city by State Law.
  • Towns. Any municipality with a population of lower than 2,000 but not less than 300 is classified as a town.
  • Village. To be incorporated as a municipality a community must have a population of at least 100. If it has a population of greater than 100 but less than 300, it is classified as a village.[2]
  • In addition, there are 448 special districts and 164 independent school districts.[3]

All municipalities have charters but most are code charters or general law. Only a few municipalities operating under a private or Home rule charter remain.[2] There are 82 counties and 297 municipalities in Mississippi. Out of the 297 cities, towns and villages 20 have private or home rule charters and most of these are cities. There is no longer a provision allowing for the adopting of a private charter. Any municipality that has a private charter only has it because it never switched to a code charter.[4]

Initiative process availability

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Mississippi

Initiative is available for amendments to code and private charters under Mississippi Code Section 21-17-11 and 13. A private charter may vary from the statute requirements.

State law does not grant initiative for ordinances, and municipalities do not appear to have authority to adopt initiative for ordinances on their own.[4][5]

The 20 cities with private charters are:

Port Gibson, Rosedale, Okolona, Water Valley, Fulton, Carthage, Aberdeen, Louisville, Waveland, Indianola, West Point, Yazoo City, McComb, Corinth, Grenada, Natchez, Horn Lake, Columbus, Vicksburg, and Greenville.

The remaining cities operate under a code charter.[2]

County website evaluations

See also: Evaluation of Mississippi county websites

As of 2009:

  • Only one of the 82 counties posted its county budget online, (DeSoto).
  • Five counties included information on their websites about public government meetings.
  • 20 included information about the county's elected officials.
  • 23 included information about the county's administrative officials.
  • 3 counties gave information about permits and zoning in the county.
  • Zero counties put information on their websites about external audits.
  • Zero counties gave information about their contracts with county vendors.
  • Zero county website disclosed whether the county belonged to any government sector lobbying associations.
  • Zero counties provided information on how to request public records using the Mississippi Public Records Act.
  • Four county websites provided some information about county taxes.

Counties without a website

As of February 26, 2009, there were 50 counties in Mississippi without a website.


Counties

Mississippi counties
County County seat
Adams County, Mississippi Natchez
Alcorn County, Mississippi Corinth
Amite County, Mississippi Liberty
Attala County, Mississippi Kosciusko
Benton County, Mississippi Ashland
Bolivar County, Mississippi Cleveland and Rosedale
Calhoun County, Mississippi Pittsboro
Carroll County, Mississippi Carrollton
Chickasaw County, Mississippi Houston and Okolona
Choctaw County, Mississippi Ackerman
Claiborne County, Mississippi Port Gibson
Clarke County, Mississippi Quitman
Clay County, Mississippi West Point
Coahoma County, Mississippi Clarksdale
Copiah County, Mississippi Hazlehurst
Covington County, Mississippi Collins
DeSoto County, Mississippi Hernando
Forrest County, Mississippi Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Franklin County, Mississippi Meadville
George County, Mississippi Lucedale
Greene County, Mississippi Leakesville
Grenada County, Mississippi Grenada
Hancock County, Mississippi Bay Saint Louis
Harrison County, Mississippi Biloxi, Mississippi and Gulfport, Mississippi
Hinds County, Mississippi Jackson, Mississippi and Raymond
Holmes County, Mississippi Lexington
Humphreys County, Mississippi Belzoni
Issaquena County, Mississippi Mayersville
Itawamba County, Mississippi Fulton
Jackson County, Mississippi Pascagoula
Jasper County, Mississippi Bay Springs and Paulding
Jefferson County, Mississippi Fayette
Jefferson Davis County, Mississippi Prentiss
Jones County, Mississippi Laurel, Mississippi and Ellisville
Kemper County, Mississippi De Kalb
Lafayette County, Mississippi Oxford
Lamar County, Mississippi Purvis
Lauderdale County, Mississippi Meridian
Lawrence County, Mississippi Monticello
Leake County, Mississippi Carthage
Lee County, Mississippi Tupelo
Leflore County, Mississippi Greenwood
Lincoln County, Mississippi Brookhaven
Lowndes County, Mississippi Columbus
Madison County, Mississippi Canton
Marion County, Mississippi Columbia
Marshall County, Mississippi Holly Springs
Monroe County, Mississippi Aberdeen
Montgomery County, Mississippi Winona
Neshoba County, Mississippi Philadelphia
Newton County, Mississippi Decatur
Noxubee County, Mississippi Macon
Oktibbeha County, Mississippi Starkville
Panola County, Mississippi Sardis and Batesville
Pearl River County, Mississippi Poplarville
Perry County, Mississippi New Augusta
Pike County, Mississippi Magnolia
Pontotoc County, Mississippi Pontotoc
Prentiss County, Mississippi Booneville
Quitman County, Mississippi Marks
Rankin County, Mississippi Brandon
Scott County, Mississippi Forest
Sharkey County, Mississippi Rolling Fork
Simpson County, Mississippi Mendenhall
Smith County, Mississippi Raleigh
Stone County, Mississippi Wiggins
Sunflower County, Mississippi Indianola
Tallahatchie County, Mississippi Charleston and Sumner
Tate County, Mississippi Senatobia
Tippah County, Mississippi Ripley
Tishomingo County, Mississippi Iuka
Tunica County, Mississippi Tunica
Union County, Mississippi New Albany
Walthall County, Mississippi Tylertown
Warren County, Mississippi Vicksburg
Washington County, Mississippi Greenville
Wayne County, Mississippi Waynesboro
Webster County, Mississippi Walthall
Wilkinson County, Mississippi Woodville
Winston County, Mississippi Louisville
Yalobusha County, Mississippi Water Valley and Coffeeville
Yazoo County, Mississippi Yazoo City

References

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