Casinos send less money Tunica’s way, taxes could rise

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TUNICA, Miss.  -- County employees showed up in large numbers Thursday night, worried their jobs were at risk in the budget proposal county leaders are considering.

The 2015 budget would drop more then $3 million. County leaders blame less revenue coming in from casinos and virtually non-existent property tax rates.

Between 2008 and 2013, ten million fewer gamblers visited Tunica, and now the area is with one less casino after Harrah's closed its doors.

It means supported organizations like the airport and stadium will have to deal with less money.

County leaders said no employees will lose their jobs and their salaries are safe, but they'll need to cut the amount of money they spend on salaries. Most interpret that to mean hiring freezes.

The Tunica County Sheriff's Department says freezing those positions will cause a definite change in street patrols, but they would work to minimize that.

Employees were mostly concerned about job loss, as the county is one of the largest employers in the area.