Rivergate Festival 2014
As the 2014 festival came to a close Saturday afternoon, Pork Avenue of Tunica was announced as the team winner of the Ribs competition, and the last batch of mudbugs came out of the cooker in Crawfish Alley.
Casino jobs offer a chance for better pay, career advancement
Increased pay attracted Ann Spencer to employment at Splash Casino in 1992, she said. Nearly 22 years later, she said the gaming industry was indeed a catch.
“Before the casinos came, there really wasn’t an industry where you could work and get paid better,” she said.
Like Spencer, other long-term casino employees said the gaming industry brought high-paying career opportunities for those who were willing to ante up by working hard, sticking with it, and making sacrifices.
Before working in the gaming industry, Spencer was a bookkeeper and secretary at a local lumber company. She started at Splash as a receptionist but worked her way up to her current role of regional office manager at Bally’s and Resorts casinos.
As gaming taxes lag, town looks for $s
Changes to the Town of Tunica’s water and sewer rates may be on the way as officials consider how to make utilities self sufficient and make up for lost gaming revenue.
Hamp Beatty and Dr. Jason Barrett of Mississippi State University presented a water rate study to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen on April 15.
Beatty said the town took in $789,649 in water and sewer fees for fiscal year 2013. Debt service affiliated with water and sewer system was $1,214, 499. The town faced a $424,338 cash deficit, which was made up by transfer from the general fund and a beginning cash balance.
“It’s basically a break even operation,” Beatty said.
Barrett then presented a breakdown of actual consumption and said only 10 percent of residents would be affected by dropping water and sewer minimums from 6,000 gallons to 4,000 gallons. Barrett said that “little changes could generate income” for the system.
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