Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

County budget, tax picture emerges

Most Tunica County taxpayers will see a small increase on the tax bills that start arriving in late December.

According to a legal notice that is running in this issue (see Page 5), taxes assessed for the general county fund, schools, and  miscellaneous small assessments for the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta Levee Board, several water districts, colleges and universities and other funds, will total 96.65 mills.

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County funds housing, museum

County supervisors completed a long agenda Monday, taking action on a number of long-simmering issues in advance of the close of Fiscal Year 2017. Only three supervisors attended – Board president James Dunn, District 2 supervisor Michael Johnson, and District 4 supervisor Henry Nickson.

Attorney Tom Tucker III presented requests from Resorts, Bally’s and Gold Strike casinos for refunds from 2014, 2015 and 2016 ad valorem taxes. The requests stem from a ruling in a lawsuit filed against the county by Hollywood Casino that has been appealed to the Mississippi Supreme Court. The Board voted to deny the refund requests, citing the pending litigation.

After hearing reports from several county departments, supervisors approved a one time appropriation of $71,000 to the North Tunica Fire District.

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Information sought on September 6 murder

On Wednesday, September 6, 2017, Dereon Romero was found dead outside his Tunica, MS apartment, an apparent homicide.

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Arrest made in purse snatching

A 27 year old man is being held on $15,000 bond in the Tunica County Jail on charges of robbery.

William Ellett was arrested after an incident last Wednesday, September 13, outside the Piggly Wiggly grocery in town.

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