Prentiss County officials are preparing a proposal for consideration by the city that would consolidate city and county tax collections.

The board of supervisors agreed at their most recent meeting to send a proposal to the city of Booneville, offering the county’s services in collecting city property taxes.

Chancery Clerk David “Bubba” Pounds said the county will offer to collect the city taxes for a fee of 3 percent, the minimum allowed by law. Under the proposal all city and city school district taxes would be collected through the county tax collector’s office along with county and county school district taxes. The consolidation would result in all taxpayers receiving a single bill with a single location for payment.

Pounds said the city would save money on administrative costs related to handling taxes, allowing them to shift those funds to other needed projects.

The county would also take on all liability regarding the annual tax sales.

Pounds said they plan to send a formal detailed proposal to the city for their consideration this week and hope city officials will be open to a discussion on the concept.

In other business, the board:

honored Jimmy Weatherbee upon his retirement after 18 years as county landfill director. Richard Kelly was appointed as interim director to fill the position until a permanent director is named.

approved the use of the parking lot at the Prentiss County Government Annex building by the Booneville Main Street Association for the Fall Festival carnival in October.

approved a quote of $38,910 from Kimes and Stone Construction for the repair of the road leading to the landfill.

Banner Independent Editor

Managing editor of the Daily Corinthian’s sister newspaper, Booneville’s Banner-Independent, Brant Sappington has been a member of the Daily Corinthian family since 2001.

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