DeSoto Co. sees uptick in building permits issued

HERNANDO — Officials in north Mississippi’s DeSoto County say they’re optimistic about growth because of a recent increase in the number of building permits.

The Commercial Appeal reports that city and county governments issued about 20 permits in January, and the number increased to 43 by May. The figures remained higher in the summer and early fall.

Even with the increase, DeSoto County’s numbers are below its own figures for 2008. Officials estimate there will be an a 34 to 35 percent decrease in single-family building permits issued this year compared to last.

Between 2007 and 2008, officials say 64.1 percent fewer single-family building permits were issued.

DeSoto County is just south of Memphis, Tenn., and has been a fast-growing bedroom community for several years.

The Associated Press