Gas leak under review
It should have been Friday the 13th instead of an ordinary Wednesday last week, when everything that could go wrong, seemingly did.
Within a 24-hour period that began at noon on July 18, Tunica’s volunteer firefighters evacuated at least one business in town during a gas leak scare, helped the North Tunica department douse a fire that erupted at the landfill, and answered a tricky medical call at a local casino.
Quake could shake things up in Delta
There is a 25-40 percent probability of a damaging earthquake occurring in the central U.S. within the next 50 years, scientists say. And Tunica is one of 19 Mississippi counties expected to be most impacted by future New Madrid Seismic Zone earthquakes, according to a 2009 analysis by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, “There is broad agreement in the scientific community that a continuing concern exists for a major destructive earthquake in the region,” despite reports that the New Madrid seismic zone may be shutting down.
In light of this conclusion, the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium in Memphis is stepping up public awareness and preparedness, in conjunction with Mississippi Emergency Management and other states.
Schools skip tax increase
Educating Tunica County’s global leaders will cost much the same as last year, according to Superintendent Steve Chandler.
The Tunica County School District has budgeted $24,316, 039 for fiscal year 2013. Chandler said a decrease in the county’s assessed value will change the percentage collected from ad valorem taxes, but an increase in taxes is not on the way.
This year’s budget will include allocations for an alternative school in the district, to be housed in an isolated building at Dundee Elementary.
County coffers are thin
County administrator Clifton Johnson displayed a snapshot of Tunica County’s financial picture at the Board of Supervisor’s July 13 meeting.
Johnson said District 2 Supervisor Cedric Burnett had asked for the report showing “where we are today.”
Johnson said Tunica County receives 81 percent of gaming revenue each month. That funding is divided between the general fund and the road fund. The general fund receives 72 percent of gaming revenue, while the road fund is allocated nine percent. The average amount generated by gaming revenue each month is $1.8 million.
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