PHWD Asks Court to Settle Money Dispute

Photo courtesy: Pat Harrison Waterway District
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Hattiesburg, Miss. The Pat Harrison Waterway District has asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to determine whether Lamar County must still pay for operation of nine water parks regardless of its decision to leave the district.

At issue is about $18.6 million. The waterway district argues Lamar County has a contractual obligation to maintain the nine water parks in the Pat Harrison system "into perpetuity."

The Hattiesburg American reports that a judge sided with Lamar County in an August ruling.

Lamar County argues its financial obligation to the waterway district ended when supervisors voted 3-1 on Sept. 6, 2011 to leave the district.

The Supreme Court's decision could decide the obligations of two other counties that voted in the past few weeks to sever their association with the district.

PHWD operates Dunn's Falls, Okatibbee Water Park, Archusa Creek Water Park in Quitman, , Maynor Creek Water Park in Waynesboro, Turkey Creek Water Park in Decatur, and others around the state.