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

Town utility rates draw scrutiny

Mayor Chuck Cariker reported that there has been “a lot of discussion” surrounding a proposed water and sewer rate increase for customers outside the corporate limits since the change was proposed at the Jan. 20 meeting of the Board of Aldermen.

Cariker said he had personally been threatened with a federal discrimination lawsuit if the rates were raised. He consulted attorney Chad Mask, who is handling a lawsuit against the town brought by Tunica County. Mask suggested that the Town of Tunica increase the rate structure for all town water and sewer customers.

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Co. asks judge for recusal

Tunica County filed a motion late last week asking Circuit Judge Charles Webster to recuse himself from hearing a complaint against the Town of Tunica and the Tunica County School District. Case number 14-0169, filed last October, was assigned to Judge Webster.

According to the motion, “(plaintiff) Tunica County, Mississippi has concerns as to Judge Webster’s ability to preside...and to remain neutral and impartial.”

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Dulaney named Woman of the Year

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Town, schools answer county complaint

By its own calculations, the Town of Tunica is now owed nearly a half million dollars in gaming tax revenue from Tunica County, money the county is withholding, it says, pending the resolution of a claim filed last October.

Funds that go to the Tunica County School District are also being withheld by the county, according to a counterclaim filed by TCSD against Tunica County.

Now, the claims and counterclaims may be one step closer to a resolution. Both the Town of Tunica and the Tunica County School District have asked the court to enjoin Tunica County to release the funds being held and cease withholding the gaming tax revenues in the future.

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