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

Tunica County sets $47 million budget


At a special meeting on Sept. 17, the Tunica County Board of Supervisors approved a $47 million budget and a 30 percent increase in ad valorem taxes. The county’s next fiscal year begins Oct. 1.
According to notes provided by county administrator Clifton Johnson, the budget represents a three percent decrease from the last fiscal year. Approximately $3.4 million generated from the tax increase will be used to pay “debt service.”
Various entities will see reductions in appropriations from Tunica County. Tunica Museum received a $79,000 reduction from the previous year, and Paul Battle Arena’s budget was reduced $75,000. The airport commission’s funding was reduced $45,000. The solid waste budget was reduced by $41,000, and Tunica National’s was cut by $12,000. Two positions have been eliminated in the Recreation Department and one position will be eliminated in the county administrator’s department with the retirement of an employee in January.

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School district ready to make the grade


With the release of the Mississippi Department of Education’s accountability data, the Tunica County School District is staring at a D at the top of its test paper.
Superintendent Steve Chandler said just like grades in the classroom, the new scale used to measure districts and schools ranges from A through F. Chandler said it provides a model everyone is familiar with and gives the community a clear picture of “where (the district) stands.” Grades are based on performance in state assessments and growth standards, with completion requirements also playing a part for the high school and the district itself.

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Pick and Roll

Cotton modules are beginning to crop up all over the county with the harvest officially underway.

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Town wards adjusted

The town of Tunica’s Alternate 1 plan for redistricting was submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice for pre-clearance on August 21. Town officials expect a response from DOJ in about 60 days, well in advance of next summer’s municipal election.

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