Local fire departments see funding decline
Both the Tunica Fire Department, which offers fire protection to approximately two-thirds of Tunica County and the town of Tunica, and North Tunica Fire Department, which covers the rest of the county, will receive less funding in the next fiscal year due to a decrease in the assessed value of county property.
According to town officials, Tunica County assesses a quarter mill tax for fire protection. In years past, that quarter mill of tax proceeds went solely to the Tunica Fire Department. Then, 15 years ago, the North Tunica Fire Protection District was created to serve North Tunica County, including local casino resorts and apartment complexes. That quarter mill began to be split 80-20 between TFD and the North Tunica department.