Town proposes budget, tax levy
The Town of Tunica has budgeted $3,402,675 for 2015-2016, scaling back $1.7 million from what was projected for the prior fiscal year. Citizens are invited to a public hearing on the proposed budget at Town Hall today (Friday), Aug. 14 at 5:30 p.m.
New revenue sources for the town include ad valorem and library taxes. Ad valorem taxes, which will be assessed on homes inside the corporate limits, will generate approximately $160,000. The library tax is expected to produce $24,500.
Problems plague primary
A clearer picture of how the upcoming Board of Supervisors may look emerged last week, as the Democratic Executive Committee examined 108 affidavit ballots cast in the August 4 primary election.
Of that total, 39 affidavit ballots were accepted and counted and 69 rejected, all without affecting the unofficial tally from Tuesday night.
Incumbent James Dunn ultimately took 50.44 percent of the vote in District 1, just enough to avoid a run-off with the next highest vote getter, Robert Hall, in the three-way race. No candidate qualified as an Independent for the November ballot, so Dunn will earn another four year term.
MS towns team up for Honduras mission
A Mississippi mission team, including Rev. Paul Husband of Tunica, spent last week in Honduras offering medical and dental care, spiritual encouragement, food and friendship to families in a remote mountain village where life is often a struggle.
The trek has been an annual event for Batesville dentist Andy Garrott, who has led teams to the Central American country for more than 30 years through New Vision Ministry. Husband has made multiple trips with Garrott and has led teams himself.
School board dismissed as state takes over
Mississippi governor Phil Bryant signed a proclamation on July 9 declaring that a state of emergency exists in the Tunica County School District “that threatens the safety, security and educational interest of students.”
Bryant’s proclamation places TCSD under the jurisdiction of the Mississippi Board of Education.
“My first concern is for the students and parents of the Tunica County School District,” Gov. Bryant said last week. “We will continue to work with the Mississippi Board of Education to make sure a proper education is provided.”
State education officials named Dr. Margie Pulley as conservator for TCSD. Dr. Pulley and Pat Ross, MDE’s Chief School Performance Officer, met Monday afternoon with Tunica Countians at Tunica Middle School.
In opening the meeting, Ross said the decision to take over the district was made for the children served by the district.
“We want what’s best for them,” Ross said, adding that he was “100 percent confident that the Tunica County School district could be a successful school district.”
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