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

Mayor makes case against funding cut

In an address this week to supervisors, Town of Tunica mayor Chuck Cariker responded to recent action by county officials to halve the portion of gaming tax revenues the town receives.

Cariker first answered the county’s contention that the town has failed to pursue economic development with the money it receives.

“Most of the economic development has gone to the north end of the county,” Cariker said, referring to the 2000 plus acre Metro Mega Site near Robinsonville, where GreenTech Automotive is building an electric car plant, and two industrial projects adjacent to it, Schulz Extruded Products and Feuer Powertrain.

“In the 1970s, the county and city created the industrial park south of town,” Cariker explained. “We have a large expenditure of money we’ve made on a site that seems to be abandoned.”

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Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells

Children join in singing carols with Danny Smith and Byron Earnheart at the Town Tree Lighting ceremony Tuesday night.

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Co. general fund plunges to $1.75M deficit

A recent report to supervisors regarding cash in all county funds at First Security Bank shows that by November 30, 2013, just over $571,000  was left in the treasury.

The general county fund, from which most expenses are paid, is overdrawn $1,758,322.80, after over $1.3 million worth of claims were paid December 2. Tunica County began the month overdrawn over $400,000 in the general fund.

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County moves to cut town funding

Working relations between county and city governments took a turn for the worse last week, as supervisors voted to cut the town’s share of gaming tax revenue in half.

By a 4-1 vote, the county board resolved to send such a request to the State Legislature. James Dunn, Henry Nickson, Phillis Williams and McKinley Daley voted in favor of the resolution, with Cedric Burnett casting the lone “no” vote.

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