Fire departments, co. utility in cash crunch
Budget and cash flow issues resurfaced at last week’s county payroll meeting, as supervisors heard pleas for funding on behalf of the Tunica Volunteer Fire Department, the Tunica County Utility District, and the North Tunica County Fire District.
Town of Tunica mayor Chuck Cariker told the county board that the town had been entirely funding TVFD operations out of gaming tax revenue. Since the town has not been receiving its share of those gaming taxes, however, the town has cut funding to the department, Cariker said.
Part of the department’s operating expense is “pay per call,” Cariker explained, a small stipend that the volunteer firefighters receive when they respond to a fire or accident or assist with a medical call.
Old Man Winter takes residence in Tunica
Area schools took a snow day Tuesday, staying off roads still icy from a mixture of rain, freezing rain, and sleet that fell after sun up on Monday morning.
Town appeals co. board actions
In an appeal dated January 5, 2015 and filed in Tunica County Circuit Court on January 15, the Town of Tunica is asking the court to reverse a January 5, 2015 action by the Tunica County Board of Supervisors to deny payment of the town’s pro-rata share of gaming revenue collected during December 2014 and to “stay any further actions of the Board in withholding payment to the Town of Tunica.”
According to the town’s appeal, “Following an executive session, the Board (of Supervisors) voted to approve the Tunica County claims docket, but denied payments of the Town of Tunica’s” share of the gaming tax revenue collected by the county.
“From this adverse decision of the Tunica County Board of Supervisors, the Town of Tunica appeals.”
Despite strain on budget, mayor stays positive
A community meeting to discuss the state of affairs for the town of Tunica drew a standing room only crowd on Monday, Feb. 9. Mayor Chuck Cariker addressed citizens, with the Board of Aldermen, Town Clerk Celia Boren and Town Attorney Chuck Graves also in attendance.
Cariker explained that the meeting was not a public hearing, but citizens with questions were welcome to ask them after the session. They could also request to be placed on the agenda for the next Board of Aldermen meeting, which is set for Feb. 17.
“This is an informative meeting to present the affairs of the town,” Cariker said. “We are a town of 1000, but we are a community of around 4000.”
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