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

County may add fees, up property tax

 

In advance of Thursday’s hearing on a Fiscal Year 2015 budget, county supervisors heard recommendations Monday for tax increases, new fees, and cuts in expenditures from administrator Michael Thompson.

Thompson presented a three-part plan he calls “Efficient and Sustainable Government” which he said will bring the county “back on solid footing.”

“There was a time when money was sufficient from gaming to have low property taxes, free garbage pick up, and so forth. We’re not there anymore,” Thompson said.


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County at moderate risk for earthquakes

The recent magnitude 6.0 Northern California earthquake is a reminder for residents in all the 42 USGS-identified earthquake states to prepare before an earthquake strikes the area.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), 42 states have a reasonable chance of experiencing damaging ground shaking from an earthquake, with 16 states having a relatively high likelihood.

The nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) offers the following 13 simple actions residents and business owners can take today to prevent injuries, property damage, and post-earthquake fires:

• Support ceiling fans and light fixtures using bracing wire secured to a screw eye embedded at least an inch into the ceiling joist.


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Casinos contest tax rates Saturday shooting

Gaming issues dominated discussion for the second straight supervisors’ meeting on Aug. 14. The county board carried over a comment period on the tax rolls from the first Monday meeting on August 4.

Caesar’s Entertainment representative Kit Floyd, who filed an objection to 2014 assessments for Harrah’s and Roadhouse casinos on August 4, was on hand to answer supervisors’ questions. She was joined by Jim Martin, appearing on behalf of Fitzgeralds and Hollywood casinos. Martin said the properties he represents are currently in litigation against Tunica County over last year’s assessments.


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Downtown Tunica Renaissance

Tunica’s downtown district is undergoing a rebirth of sorts, as three new businesses prepare to open within days and two other properties get a facelift.

Tunica Main Street director Lynn Ryals said this week that William and Melissa Pierce have opened CPR Computer Repairs in the former Computek location.

“Alex Obad will have the old Earnheart’s service station for full service gas and a small convenience store,” Ryals said. “Heather McGregor has started up Crooked Letter Art Gallery for photography, graphics, and art sales.”


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