Budget tight next year, town predicts
Starting in 2009, revenue to the town of Tunica from gaming taxes has declined by nearly $1 million, a 30 percent reduction over the course of five budget years.
Town officials have slotted $2.25 million into revenue projections for the coming year, down from $3.2 million for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2009.
In the same period, however, sales taxes collected in the town of Tunica and rebated from the state have increased slightly and are on target to just miss $500,000 collected in FY 2013, depending on sales through the end of September.
Food programs expand
A local food pantry that once gave away canned goods only has expanded its outreach dramatically in the interim to now serve over 600 people per month.
The once-small program was begun over 20 years ago by Odessa Grant and members of the St. Peter A.M.E. Church of Tunica. First Presbyterian Church in Tunica also got involved early on, then stepped in when Mrs. Grant was unable to continue.
Unique program fills gap for veterans
The young man maintained the watchful attitude of a soldier, quietly nodding at those who greeted him, all the while keeping his young charge – a 14 month old female golden retriever named Ruby – in check.
Tyler Craft doesn’t show it, but he’s a veteran of the Iraq war, “blown up,” as he describes it, in 2004. Craft is one of more than 60,000 veterans disabled in Iraq and Afghanistan; 300,000 diagnosed with post traumatic stress; and 5,000 who are amputees.
GreenTech on track
Local and state economic development officials remain confident that GreenTech Automotive will make good on its commitment to build cars in Tunica County by year’s end in 2014 – despite recent intense scrutiny by the national media of the company and its political connections.
“People have been on the payroll for over five years,” Tunica County Chamber of Commerce CEO and economic development foundation chief Lyn Arnold said in an interview August 2.
“Two important things to know: Charles Wang has been a constant, and the engineers have been the same.”
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