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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

County files suit against schools, town

Last week, officials with the Town of Tunica and the Tunica County School District received notice of civil action seeking relief from gaming revenue payments by Tunica County, Mississippi. The case will be decided in Tunica County Circuit Court.

For over a decade, the Town of Tunica and the Tunica County School District have received a portion of Tunica County’s 3.2 percent gaming revenue tax collections through local and private legislation. The Board of Supervisors attempted to reduce the town’s share from 10 percent to five percent earlier this year, but legislators adjourned without acting on the request. In May 2014, county officials voted to “proceed with litigation against the town on the issue of the use of gaming revenue.” The School District was not included in that motion, but is now a defendant as well.

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Petitioners won’t stop county loan

A petition drive by an informal group of local voters concerned about the financial condition of Tunica County fell short 125 signatures of forcing a vote on whether county leaders could seek a $1.5 million loan in anticipation of taxes.

Supervisors voted on October 6 to approve publishing a public notice of their intent to seek the loan. Their action started a 24 day window for voters to lodge petitions.

“On October 10, 2014, the Board of Supervisors of Tunica County, Mississippi published a notice of its intention to issue a Tax Anticipation Note in an amount not to exceed $1,500,000 on November 3, 2014,” the petition stated. “We, the undersigned qualified electors of Tunica County, Mississippi do hereby protest and petition against issuance of said Tax Anticipation Note and request that the election referred to in Mississippi Code Annotated 19-9-27 be called and held.”

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New ambulance contract sought

Last Saturday night, a vehicle traveling on Highway 61 south of Tunica overturned and was then struck by a second vehicle, killing one person and seriously injuring another. Injuries were reported in a second two-car accident Monday night near Rosa Fort High School. In both accidents, Pafford Medical staffers stabilized the injured on the scene, and their ambulances transported them. It’s all in a day’s work for Pafford.

But very recent cost cutting measures by Tunica County have Pafford’s continued presence in question. Supervisors voted Tuesday night to request new proposals from ambulance service providers, in an attempt “to operate at less cost,” according to Board of Supervisors president James Dunn.

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Trunk or Treat

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