Development continues despite budget cuts
Ongoing efforts and projects for economic development continue despite a 10 percent budget reduction across the financially-unstable county, officials said.
The Tunica County Board of Supervisors approved the cuts in early February, District 4 Supervisor Henry Nickson, Jr. confirmed. The board is currently seeking even more ways to reduce spending and increase revenue but careful to sustain economic development, he added.
“To be efficient and to be fair, 10 percent was cut all across the board. We’re still not in the safe zone. We’re going to have to go back and pull our pants tight, and we’re going to have to cut more,” he said “But economic development is vital. We wouldn’t put that in jeopardy.”
Tunica County does not have an internal department for economic development. This function is handled by a “public-private organization,” according to Lyn Arnold, President and CEO of both Tunica Chamber of Commerce and Tunica County Economic Development Foundation.