County approves FY 2015 budget
Taxes on “your home, automobile tag, utilities, business fixtures and equipment, and rental real property” are going up – again.
Just two years after upping taxes by 15.83 mills for 2012, county supervisors on Monday set a tax millage rate of 84.08 for 2014, up from 64.72 mills in the prior tax year.
During a budget work session on Sept. 11, Tunica County Tax Assessor/Collector Norma Anderson explained the effect of such an increase: on a home valued for tax purposes at $100,000, the county tax rate was previously 64.72 mills, producing $647.20 in taxes. For 2014, the rate will likely be 84.08 mills, and the taxes on that same house will be $840.80, or an increase of $193.60.
Local art gallery showcases Mississippi talent
Artists in Mississippi have a new place to call home right here in Tunica at the Crooked Letter Art Gallery. Heather McGregor, owner of the gallery, said she recently opened it to bring something new to the area.
“I looked around Tunica. I know they have the Arts Council and a lot of creative people, but they didn’t have anywhere for those people to get together to sell their work,” McGregor said.
The idea was a hit, as it has already attracted a wide variety of artists from throughout the state.
“We feature only Mississippi artists,” McGregor said.
SO: Safety First
Seat belts are your best protection in accidents, and it is especially important that any child in your vehicle be protected by the safety restraint appropriate to their size and weight.
During the upcoming weeks, the Tunica County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting more random checkpoints for seat belt safety and also child restraints.
Deputies with the Tunica County Sheriff’s Office will be on hand to demonstrate how to properly install your car seat and secure your child safely.
Supervisors spar over claims, budget
When last Tuesday’s regular first of the month county board meeting ran long and the month’s claims hadn’t been approved, supervisors voted to recess until Thursday, September 4. And when that meeting got underway, the Board did something last week it hadn’t done in a awhile.
Board president James Dunn went over the August claims one by one, reading aloud the vendor and the amount of the claim. During the process, several items provoked discussion, and two supervisors questioned the process itself.
“Mr. Dunn, I need to know what you are trying to do,” District 5 supervisor McKinley Daley said at one point.
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