One of the participants on the 3.8-mile 153rd Memorial Day Parade on May 27 will be Vidalia Mayor Buz Craft, who accepted a challenge from Alderman Tron McCoy.

As discussion on the upcoming parade was held during the Vidalia Board of Alderman regular meeting Tuesday night, McCoy turned to Craft and challenged the mayor “to go with us.”

In a good-natured exchange, Craft accepted but said he might need oxygen along the way.

Alderman Robert Gardner said the parade will begin at Magnolia and Alabama streets in Vidalia, cross the Mississippi River bridge and end at the veteran cemetery in Natchez.

In other action during a brief regular meeting, alderman approved the introduction of an ordinance for its 2019-2020 fiscal year budget and approved the millage rate for 2019 at 3.39 mills, which Assessor Jerry Clark said was the lowest for a municipality in the state.

Clark said 2020 is a reassessment year and that there would probably be adjustments to the millage afterward. He said Vidalia is experiencing growth from new industries, a new retail discount outlet and a new hotel.

On another matter, Craft said that the board is presently reviewing its ordinance on political signs.


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