DeSoto County sheriff warns of car tag checks

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HERNANDO, Miss. -- DeSoto County Sheriff Bill Rasco says this is the first year he’s ever given fair warning that his deputies will check car tags on the first day of school

He and school leaders are serious. If you have kids in school here, you better be paying taxes here.

Suzette Perry says it makes her mad to go to school and see a line of cars with out of state tags.

”I think if you live in Mississippi, you ought to have Mississippi tags on your car to go to school here.”

That’s because those taxes go to help pay for schools.

Rasco wants people to know his deputies will stake out several schools, looking for tax violations. He even put out a warning on Facebook.

He says the law also applies to company cars.

”If they drive a company vehicle and it’s housed in the State of Mississippi, it’s supposed to have Mississippi tags on it. That’s what the law states," he said.

Rasco says he’s serious about enforcing the law, with no exceptions.

School Superintendent Milton Kuykendall says he’s equally serious, and will throw a student out if they’re in class on false records.

”We put 160 kids out of school last year whose parents falsified documents to go to our schools,” DeSoto School Superintendent Milton Kuykendall said.

After all, Rasco and Kuykendall says there’s no free ride. Taxes support schools, and if you’re not paying, you don’t have the right to hold a seat in a classroom.

”People want to come to school in DeSoto County, but we want them to live in DeSoto County and pay taxes for that reason,” said Rasco.

”If they’re gonna go to our schools, they’re gonna live here,” added Kuykendall.

Because Suzette Perry says it’s not fair for her to pay for somebody who’s getting a free ride.

”Somebody’s paying for it and I pay my fair share of taxes," she said.

Rasco says he’ll have deputies at Center Hill, Lewisburg and Lake Cormorant, and probably more.


  • Just Saying, too

    [Suzette Perry says it makes her mad to go to school and see a line of cars with out of state tags.
    ”I think if you live in Mississippi, you ought to have Mississippi tags on your car to go to school here.”]

    What about all of the Mississippi tags that nearly run me off the road trying to get to their office jobs in Memphis during the morning commute? It would be nice if Tennessee would force out-of-state workers to pay a tax for taking the jobs of Tennesseans. Maybe that would offset the huge city and county taxes that we pay and help towards taking care of our huge pothole problem that we incur from having all of the extra out-of-state cars on our roads.

    Rasco better be careful with those threats, too. Military personnel can house their automobiles anywhere they are stationed (with orders), without changing a plate because they pay taxes to their homes of records.

    • bambam84

      Hell, my street are registered to MS. Does this neighborhood sound or look anything like horn lake or olive branch? Ha. Hardly.

    • Evette

      Nobody is taking anybody’s job! Yeah there are people from MS working in Memphis…..and they know to get across that stateline before dark.

    • jonathan

      Don’t use the military as the equivalent to your dumb point. It is pathetic you will go there. For what we do you want to use us. Take your kids to your school district

      • Just Saying, too

        “…for what we do…”
        Oh PLEASE!!! I bet you are only a reservist. 20 years served over here, so it looks like the only dumb point made was the assumption you made, which by the way, makes you look more dumb.

    • Suzette

      That’s right and I think the military pays enough for all they do for us. Matter of fact you want to gripe about it how about you enlist and see how you feel about where you park your car. As for working in Tennessee I think that goes both ways there are a lot of Tennessee folks coming to Mississippi to work as well so maybe they should pay taxes here too. I cannot even send my grandchildren out of district to school in Mississippi so why should people from Tennessee be aloud to cross state line? After all I do pay taxes in Mississippi? ???

      • Just Saying, too

        Too late, time already served AND as far as the employment going both ways…Tennessee does not have an income tax, but MS does and Tennesseans do pay! It’s time for MS residents to share the love.

  • Terrie

    WE DO pay taxes but it doesnt go to potholes. it goes in the pockets of the other idiots running your mighty city. You’re worried about potholes? Really? What about the crime? SMH

    • Just Saying, too

      Don’t boast now because your idiot mayor was finally caught, but you know exactly to which context I was referring…i.e., all things that hit the pockets of Memphis residents (AND you know that MS residents benefit, too). As far as the crime, you should be more concerned about the Meth problem in Desoto County that goes under reported…just ask an officer. SMH harder.

  • Sam

    The Sheriff is a good man & knows how to keep Memphis out of Mississippi! I hope he catches all of them & they know who they are. Im going to start writing down the tag numbers & reporting those that i see too.

  • Debbie

    Memphis should learn something from Desoto County. I drive by Kingsbury everyday and see mostly Desoto county tags . Don’t our schools need money?

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