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

Taxpayers ask for refunds after Court ruling

More than 60 taxpayers submitted requests for refunds late last week to Tax Assessor/Collector Norma Anderson and the Tunica County Board of Supervisors, citing overpayment of 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 ad valorem taxes.

The requests stem from a recent Mississippi Supreme Court ruling upholding a 2015 Circuit Court decision that Tunica County’s 2014 budget and tax levy is “invalid, null and void.”

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North Tunica department down to two firefighters per shift


North Tunica Fire Chief Jimmie Neal, in a letter dated December 27, 2017, is notifying residents and businesses in Robinsonville that the department is now operating with only two firefighters per shift. The North Tunica Fire Protection District board approved the reduction in staffing effective January 1.

Neal explained that OSHA’s “2 IN, 2 OUT” rule requires that four personnel be on scene to perform fire and rescue. With only two firefighters on duty, Neal said, “…our fire department will have to wait on other surrounding departments to arrive on the scene before fire suppression or rescue operations can begin. It will take the surrounding volunteer departments at minimum 15 to 20 minutes to arrive on scene once they are dispatched.

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Faces of 2017

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Court agrees: Taxes improperly increased in ‘14


The Mississippi Supreme Court has affirmed the October 2015 judgement of the Tunica County Circuit Court in HWCC-Tunica, LLC (Hollywood Casino) vs. the Board of Supervisors of Tunica County, Mississippi, in which Judge Charles Webster ruled that county supervisors enacted a tax increase in 2014 without properly notifying the public.

The Supreme Court affirmed on December 14, “We hold that the Circuit Court of Tunica County had jurisdiction to entertain the appeal pursuant to Mississippi Code Section 11-51-77 or pursuant to Mississippi Code Section 11-51-75. We hold also that the Tunica County Board of Supervisors altogether failed to comply with the notice and public hearing requirements of Section 27-38-203. Accordingly, we affirm the judgement of the Circuit Court of Tunica County.”

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