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Deadline to pay tax is Friday

Speaking at Monday’s board meeting, tax assessor and collector Rita Goss reminded the Lincoln County supervisors that the last day to pay land taxes is Friday, and land sales will begin 8:30 a.m. Monday in the second floor courtroom.

Residents who want to pay their land taxes have through the end of the business day Friday. She said for these payments they would only accept cash, cashier’s check or money orders.

“We can not accept personal checks,” Goss said.

Residents who want to participate in land sales on Monday must pre-register at the tax assessor’s office by the end of the day Friday, also. She said they need to provide either a tax I.D. number or a social security number when they register.

For the land sales transactions, the tax assessor’s office may accept personal checks as long as they are accompanied by a letter of credit from their bank, Goss said.

“We can accept cash up to $2,000,” she added.

She said that they will accept credit cards, also, but that this year there will be 2.25 percent convenience fee added.

“Last year we did not have this attached fee, and I want the public to be aware of it before they come in,” Goss said.

For any questions about payments or sales, residents may call Goss at (601) 823-9347.

President of Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Dr. Ronnie Nettles updated board members on important numbers for Lincoln County, as the time for the board to budget their contributions to the college is drawing near.

“Given our state funding last year,” Nettles said, “we really appreciate local support.”

Nettles said that though tuition has gone up slightly, they have still kept it at a reasonable rate that is slightly over $1,000.

“Last school year we served over 5,000 students and we had 700 graduates last spring,” he said.

Nettles said that Co-Lin competes well with other community colleges in the state.

“Success rankings for Co-Lin are right at the top for workforce training degrees and in fields such as nursing and mechanics,” he said, and added that the football, women’s basketball and the golf teams won state championships last school year.

Nettles said the college also is proud of its services available to veterans.

“We had 150 vets enrolled last year, and we have a full time veterans’ coordinator to help these vets get the benefits available to them for education,” he said.

Nettles told board members that Lincoln County is an example to other county contributors to the college.

“I appreciate the Lincoln board of supervisors and all you do,” he said. “Your relationship with the college is really a model for other counties,” he said. “As the county grows economically, we can grow, too, and support Lincoln County with a strong and knowledgeable workforce