• The Vicksburg Warren School District controls and manages approximately 10,097.29 acres of Sixteenth Section Public School Trust Lands.

    If you are interest in more infomation on Sixteenth Section Land, please review the information below.   If you have any questions, please email Yvonne Wansley or Shaquita Burke or call 601-631-2909. 

    GENERAL INFORMATION 

    Sixteenth Section Lands is based on a system of land classification.  Those classifications are:

    • Agriculture Land...Land most suitable for pasturage or cultivation
    • Commericial Land...Land most suitable for wholesale or retail business, financial institutions, professional offices land clinics, service trades and occupations, privately owned public utilities and similar business
    • Farm-Residential Land...Land utilized for agricultural purposes
    • Forest Land (Hunting & Fishing)...Land which is present forest or wateland or land which will produce a maximum of revenue by utillization to produce timber or other forest products.
    • Industrial Land...Land most suitable for port, harbor, industrial manufacturing, or warehouse use.
    • Recreational Land...Land most suitable for uses which provided for activities or service of a recreational natrure such as, but not limited to , parks, campsites, lodges, and similar uses and facilities.
    • Residential Land...Land upon which a lessee or board-approved sublessee is residing.
    • Other Land...Land which is not suitable for any of the uses described above. 

     

    NOTICE TO BIDDERS 

    The Vicksburg Warren County School District Board of Education receives sealed bids on Sixteenth Section Public School Trust Land on the appointed dates at the following address:

    Vicksburg Warren County School District

    Attn: 16th Section Public Trusst Land Department

    Administrative Office Building

    1500 Mission 66

    Vicksburg, MS 39182

    Hunting &  Fishing Leases

    • Huntinng & Fishing Leases are available by a competitive bidding process
    • Hunting & Fishing Leases are not renewable.  At the expiration of the lease, the lessee must bid at public contract in order to lease the premises again.
    • Notices to Bid will be for two successive weeks; at least 10 days prior to opening.
    • Opening of Bids will be at a regular or special meeting of the board, all participants including current lessees must bid and be present at the opening of the bids or send a representative.
    • Current Lessee has the right to match highest bidder.
    • Rental payment is due annually
    • The maximum term for a hunting and fishing leases on Forest Land in Vicksburg Warren County Schools District is 5 years.

     Agriculture Leases

    • Agriculture Leases are available by a competitive bidding process.
    • An existing agriculture lessee has NO right to match a higher bid.  However, lessee can tender a second bid of at least one hundred five (105%) of the highest acceptable sealled bid.
    • Notices to Bid will be for two successive weeks; at leaat 10 days prior to opening; no more than 4 months before expiration of existing lease.
    • Opening of Bids will be at a regular or special meeting of the board, all participants including current lessees must bid and be present at the opening of the bids or send a representative.
    • Current Lessee does not have the right to match highest bidder.
    • Rental payment is due annually
    • The maximum term for Agriculture leases is 10 years for rice and pastrue leases and five years for all other agricultural purposes.  All agricultural leases must be made to expire on Decemer 31 of the final year of the lease term.
    • An existing agriculture lessee can request a one-time (5) year extension of the lease.  Approval is needed from the Secretary of State's Office.

    Recreational

    • Recreational Leases fair market rental amount is detmined by an apprisal, compartative analysis or a comparison with the private sector.
    • Rental payment is due annually.

    Residential

    • Residential Leases fair market rental amount is determined by an appraisal, comparative analysis or a comparison with the private sector.
    • Person interested in the resident must address a letter of interest to the Board of Directors.
    • Opening of BIds will be at a regular special meeting of the board, all participants including current lessees must be present at the opening of the bids or send a representative.
    • Rental payment is due annually.
    • Rental adjustmtent clause will be included in the lease.
    • The maximum term for a residential lease is five (5) years.
    • Suvh lands shall not exceed five (5) acres.

    Taxes on Leased Sixteenth Section Land

    All Sixteenth Section Lands, once they are leased are subjmect to assessment and payment of ad valorem taxed. 

    The lessee is liable for the payment of the taxes, and the lease may be cancelled for failure to pay taxes.

     

     

    To view the Notice To Bidders, click the link below:  4 Sections will be up for Bidding Soon, Leases end June 30, 2020

     

     

    Additional Sixteenth Section Lands Information via Secretary of State's Office:

     

  • RENTS - How are rents set for leases of Sixteenth Section Public School Trust Lands?

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    Annual rent for leases of hunting and fishing rights on Forest Land, Agricultrual Land, and mineral exploration and mining rights are set by comptetitve bids solicited through public notices published in the legal adbertising section of newspapers.  Annual rent on all other land classifications is determined by appraisal of the land.  The appraisal must determine the fair market rental value.

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  • TAXES - Are Sixteenth Section Public School Trust Lands subject to property taxes?

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    Yes, once Sixteenth Section Public Schoool Trust Lands are leased, they are subject to property taxes in the same way that privately owned land is taxed.  All classes of lessees are responsible for paying the property tax.  The lease may be cancelled for failure to pay the taxes.  When the land is not leased, the local school district is not required to pay the usual property taxes on the land, although it may be responsible for certain drainage district taxes.

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  • TRIGGERING AN AUCTION - Should I participate in the bidding?

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    Yes, We recommend all hunters should participate in the bidding.  The advertisement should clearly state the school has the right to reject all bids that would trigger an auction - must be present at the board meeting to participate in the acution.  The Auction winner will be determined at the board meeting - nobody can halt the acution to consult with their hunting club.

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  • HUNTING - Who is allowed to hunt on Sixteenth Section Lands?

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    Sixteenth Section Public School Trust Lands classified as Forest Land are not open to hunting by the general public.  Only the holder of a valid lease of the hunting and fishing rights may hunt on SIxteenth Section Forest Lnads.  If there is no lease of the hunting and fishing rights on Forest Land, the school district must post the land and prevent hunting and fishing on the land.

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  • H & F/RIGHT TO MATCH - Does an existing hunting and fishing lessee have the right to match a bid?

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    Pursuant to §29-3-41, an existing hunting and fishing leessee who is current with the payment of annual rent, payment of taxes, and in compliance with the other terms of the lease has the right to match the highest bid submitted for the hunting and fishing rights, so long as the existing lessee submits a bid.  The school board always has the right to reject all bids, even from an existing lessee.  If the school board rejects the bids it may re-advertise, conduct an auction, or within ninety (90) days execute a private contract for mor than the amonut rejected.

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  • AGRICULTURE/NO RIGHT TO MATCH - Does an existing agriculture lessee have the right to match a bid?

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    Pursuant to §29-3-81, an existing agriculture lessee has NO right to match a higher bid.  The law does allow an existing agriculture lessee the right to tender a second bid of at lease one hundred five (105%) of the highest acceptable sealed bid and thereby trigger an open auction amohng all of those who submitted sealed bids.  In order for the existing leaseholder to submit a second bid, the school board must have reveived at least one acceptable bid and the existing leaseholder must meet these qualifications: (a) he must have submitted a sealed bid in response to the adbertisement; (b) he must have made board approved imporvements on the land during the term of the existing lease; and (c) he must not be in default on any payments and covenants in the lease.

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