School district projects $27.6M in spending budget
The Tunica County school board is expected to adopt its Fiscal Year 2015 budget this week, after a hearing last week prompted few questions or comments from those in attendance.
According to a presentation by Business Manager Yulanda Austin, the district will ask the county Board of Supervisors to “levy a millage rate that will generate total proposed ad valorem tax revenues of $7,888.186.”
Austin said the district requests a specific dollar amount of support and does not set a millage rate.
Austin said at last Wednesday’s hearing that she was still working with county administrators to determine what the final assessed valuation and homestead exemption would be. The assessed valuation was projected at $233,631,000 for Fiscal Year 2015 in the report, as compared to the FY 14 total of $238,597,000.
According to a chart prepared by Austin, the millage levies for schools has varied from 30.61 in FY 2008 to last year’s 35.06.
SO seeks information on Mahan robbery
The Tunica County Sheriff’s Department is seeking information in reference to an armed robbery at Mahan Grocery on Monday night, August 11.
Tunica County Schools honor educators
Tunica County Schools Superintendent Steve Chandler celebrates the announcement of the district’s five performance pay recipients.
Gaming Executive: Casino visitation plummets since ‘08
Mississippi Gaming Commission executive director Allen Godfrey was an unexpected addition to the Tunica County Board of Supervisors’ August 4 meeting agenda, and what Godfrey had to say was not just surprising – it was shocking.
Godfrey told county supervisors Monday that the river counties in North Mississippi have taken a huge hit in visitation to casinos, dropping 62 percent from 2008 to 2013. Godfrey said 16 million people visited gaming venues in Tunica and Coahoma counties in 2008, but numbers have since declined to just six million in 2013. What was once a $1.1 billion gaming market is now down to $750 million in gross revenues.
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