Biloxi is suing the state of Mississippi seeking the money the state is holding from rent paid by the Golden Nugget Casino Resort, according to the Biloxi Sun Herald.
The city filed this week in Harrison County Chancery Court to protect its right to $606,350.52 in rent. The management of Golden Nugget Casino Resort has paid the rent into a state holding fund. However, state legislators have failed to turn it over to the city.
The city, the state and the Institutions for Higher Learning (IHL) each own part of the Golden Nugget land in East Biloxi. The lawsuit says for many years, the secretary of state turned over a share of the rent to the city and IHL under a 2002 contract.
Since 2016, when the state Legislature mistakenly transferred the city’s money into the state general fund, bills that would have transferred the money back to the city have failed to pass
“We’re confident that the right thing will be done,” said Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, “but we also most make sure our claim to this money remains active. ”