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

Tax levy approved prior to hearing

Was input from citizens on an FY2015 tax increase merely an exercise in futility? Did an audit report from Williams, Pitts and Beard raise red flags from fiscal year 2013? Is the county millions of dollars in the red in its general fund?

Yes, no and maybe.

The Tunica Times has learned that county leaders sent an order for a new tax levy to Tax Assessor Norma Anderson prior to its hearing on September 30. That order was dated September 15, Anderson says, and since October 1, her office has been using new millage rates to collect ad valorem taxes on vehicles.

The county Board of Supervisors approved a proposed tax rate of 84.08 mills on September 15 and set a hearing on the increase for Tuesday, September 30, via a legal notice that ran in this newspaper once on September 19.

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Storm Front

Strong storms that moved through Tunica County on October 2 took the roof off a mobile home on 400 Road and caused damages to structures and farm equipment at Hollywood, near Walnut Lake and in the town of Tunica.

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Blessing of the Pets

The Reverend Rose Boyd, Deacon (retired) gets a big kiss from schnauzer Laura Lea during the Blessing of the Animals at Episcopal Church of the Epiphany last Sunday, while owner Sherry Melton looks on.

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Farmers get program details from USDA’s Harden deputy secretary

With deadlines just months away, farmers learned more about upcoming choices they must make as part of the 2014 Farm Bill. And the information came straight from Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden, who on Monday made her second trip to Tunica County this year.

Harden spoke to farmers from two counties in North Mississippi who had gathered at the Tunica Museum on Sept. 29. She also toured Battle Fish Farms to see and hear firsthand about challenges still facing that industry.

But the focus of the trip was that looming choice between Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC).

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