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First-Time filing applications for homestead exemption benefits must be filed by    May 1st of this year(New Revised Date). The applicant must come in person to the Tax Assessor's office the first time to file for homestead exemption benefits. Each year after that the homestead exemption benefits are automatically renewed unless there is a change in the filing status.

Changes

If any of the following changes occur, a new application must be filed in the tax assessor's office:

  • Marriage, divorce, separation, or death of spouse or joint owner

  • Change in ownership, use, or occupancy

  • Acquisition of new property or change in property description

  • First time to apply for being over sixty-five years of age or 100% disabled

If you no longer qualify for homestead exemption benefits, you must notify the assessor's office.

If you need additional information please call the Neshoba County Tax Assessors Collectors Office at 601-656-4541 or by e-mail at mlewis@neshobacounty.net

Neshoba County School District

Neshoba County School District Important Information!

• Per order of the Governor, the NCSD will be closed through April 17. There will be no athletics/activities during this time.

• Prom has been cancelled. We greatly apologize but these are circumstances beyond our control.

• Pre-K and Kindergarten registration has been cancelled until further notice.

• Third Nine weeks report cards have been posted in Active Parent and Active Student for K-12 students. We will not mail a report card home. Pre-K will mail a report card home.

• ALL Dual Credit classes at NCHS are online and must be completed. East Central CC classes have gone to online instruction.

• Instructional opportunities are on our website, however they are not required. We encourage you to have your children to read daily and participate in the online learning located at www.neshobacentral.com . You may email your child’s teacher(s) through the school email for any educational ideas.

• Grab and Go lunch/breakfast will continue Monday-Friday each week from 10:30-1:00. Drive through is at the elementary.

Mike Lewis, Tax Collector

The Board of Supervisors on recommendations from the state as well as our local hospital has made the decision to close the courthouse immediately, so that we may limit the exposure within our county. We are asking that you please understand that we are working to get ahead of the curve. I will be here to answer the phone and to try and help you as much as possible. We will still process all payments received online as well as through the postal service, however we will be unable to process renewals in person. The governor has extended the deadline to file homestead until May the 1st as well as extending the deadline for filing personal property renditions to May 1st. If you need to file homestead Iā€™m asking that you call the office and I will process your request over the phone so that once we are back open all you will need to do is come by and sign the application. Also, if you purchase a new vehicle we will have to schedule a time for you to come into the office and process this transaction. Please be courteous and understand that when we schedule this appointment we need for you to be prompt. We will meet you at the north entrance, you will hand me your paperwork through the door and wait for me to process your tag and bring your tag back to you and receive your payment. Again, I ask you to please understand that these are trying times for us all and that some of these procedures may need to be updated as we go forward. II Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

601-656-4541 Phone
601-656-5121 Fax
mlewis@neshobacounty.net

NESHOBA COUNTY SANITATION HAS RESUMED REGULAR ROUTES AND THE WASTE CONVENIENCE CENTER WILL BE OPEN.

Because of the evolving nature of the pandemic and its potential effect in Neshoba County - the County is constantly evaluating the needs for these actions and will continue to make decisions as necessary to ensure the health and safety of all citizens.

Neshoba County School Building Update

An energy savings project utilizing creative funding to implement new technologies and upgrades in the Neshoba County School District is about 70 percent complete, its superintendent said this week.

The county school district has partnered with sustainability expert Schneider Electric to modernize school facilities without taxpayer dollars.

Overall, the district will cut energy costs by 17 percent and will see returns of more than $102,000 each year for the duration of the project.

The loan to fund the project will be repaid with funds saved on utilities.

The project focuses on brightening classrooms, gyms and hallways through LED lighting upgrades. Exterior LED lighting will also make the campus brighter and safer at night.

Superintendent of Education Lundy Brantley said thermostats in every building will be running on computers to help conserve energy.

“Schneider will take our school calendar and plug in the heating/cooling during occupied times,” he said.

The new high school already has LED lighting and the automation.

The new LED lighting is “unreal,” so much so that the even the students took notice, Dr. Brantley said.

“It is really neat. They are pretty well done at the elementary and middle schools and are starting the lighting in the gyms and band hall. The concession stand and old field house have been done.”

Brantley called the new project an energy reinvestment.

“We will just take the energy savings and pay the yearly note on the project,” he said. “Schneider has made this possible.”

The automation of equipment will deliver efficiency and integrate the campuses across the district.

By working with Schneider Electric to fund the upgrades, the district can afford major improvements without needing to pull budgets in other funding projects.

The money that would otherwise be spent on utility costs will be reinvested directly back into the schools to modernize buildings and enhance student experience.

 

New $2.2 million cafeteria

Meanwhile, construction is under way on the new $2.2 million Neshoba Central High School cafeteria, though the project has been delayed slightly because of rainfall.

The project is scheduled to be completed in October.

“The cinder blocks are going up and we are still projected to move into the cafeteria in October,” Dr. Brantley said. “We just don’t know what the weather is going to do but I think we will get there.”

TerryMark Construction of Meridian was awarded the bid to construct the new 9,100-square-foot cafeteria, which will be located directly behind the new high school.

The new cafeteria will also include new kitchen equipment and restrooms as well as projector equipment and a drop down screen for meetings, etc.

The new facility will seat around 300 students at one time.

Philadelphia-Neshoba-Choctaw COVID-19 Task Force

The Philadelphia-Neshoba Choctaw COVID-19 Task Force, made up of the Chief Executives of the City, County, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians with the cooperation of officials from Neshoba General Hospital, Neshoba County Emergency Management, Public Safety and our state legislators strongly emphasize that:

Everyone please exercise all necessary actions and be diligent in adherence to the guidelines and recommendations put forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the MS Dept. of Health (MSDH) to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in our community.

We can’t over emphasize the seriousness of this pandemic. Please limit your outings to only those that are necessary and adhere to social distancing recommendations. Please refrain from any casual outings and gatherings. Please stay at home and self-quarantine to the extent possible to prevent Covid-19 virus transmission. Your health and the safety and health of our fellow citizens and health care workers working tirelessly to contain this pandemic are paramount. Please assist us in adhering to the following guidelines as set by; The Board of Alderman of Philadelphia, The Board of Supervisors and the Tribal Council of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians:

City of Philadelphia
• City Wide Curfew 9:00pm – 6:00am beginning Friday, March 27, 2020 – until further notice. This Curfew does NOT mean businesses must close during those hours.
• City Hall is locked call 601.656.3612 or instructions on door.
• City Courts have been postponed until further notice.
• All other City Services and Departments are still functioning as usual.
• PHS High School Cafeteria is serving Hot Meals (lunch and breakfast) 11:00am-1:00pm adult meals are $3.75

Neshoba County
• In cooperation with the City of Philadelphia, suspension of all park activities and closure of all the Park systems and locations until further notice.
• Suspension of all activities and meetings at the Neshoba County Coliseum. 
• The Neshoba County Courthouse will be closed to the public until at least April 7th, except for necessary and required court scheduled and conducted by the Court of jurisdiction. This includes the Courthouse Annex that houses Justice Court. All citizens are encouraged to conduct required business by telephone. Email, mail and online.
• Neshoba County Sanitation Department will run regular schedules during the emergency by pickup times may vary. Additionally, the Waste Convenience
Center at the Neshoba County Unit Facility Building will be open, but may have reduced hours during the emergency.

• Neshoba County School District GRAB and Go meals (breakfast and lunch) at NCES Campus pick-up time 10:30am – 1:30pm adult meals $3.75

Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
• Tribal Government is on partial shutdown. Most offices are closed to public and can be reached via phone or email. Tribal Directory available on choctaw.org.
• Some operations at Pearl River Resort are shut down including Silver Star Hotel & Casino, Golden Moon Hotel & Casino and Bok Homa Casino.
Still Open: Dancing Rabbit Inn, Dancing Rabbit Golf Club, Welcome Center and Pearl River Graphics.
• Choctaw Tribal Schools, Early Childhood Programs, Boys & Girls Clubs and Elderly Activity and Nutrition Center are closed.
• Recreation facilities are closed but the staff is helping in other areas.
• The Offices of the Tribal Council are closed effective
March 19 until March 31, 2020.
• Choctaw Tribal Schools GRAB and Go Meals 11:00am-1:00pm at all tribal schools only served to 18 and under.
• Elderly in each Tribal Community are being fed lunch via home deliveries. Food Distribution is also delivering packages to clients.
• Choctaw Tribal Courts are closed through March 31, 2020
For any other information on Tribal Closings contact the Office of Public Information 601.663.7532.

Information Links

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Latest Coronavirus information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is here.

Latest Coronavirus Information from the Mississippi State Department of Health is here.

Latest Coronavirus information from Neshoba General is here.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSAL TO AMEND, ALTER AND CHANGE THE SOLID WASTE COLLECTION ORDINANCE

The Neshoba County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on Monday, April 6, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. in the meeting room in the Neshoba County Courthouse to receive public comment and input on proposed amendments, alterations and changes to the Solid Waste Collection Ordinance of Neshoba County.

Presently, Neshoba County charges a fee of $12.50 per month, per generator of solid waste for solid waste collection and disposal and has done so since January of 2012.  The Neshoba County Board of Supervisors proposes to increase the solid waste disposal fee to $16.50 per month, per generator, effective January 1, 2021.  The purpose of the proposed increase in the monthly fee is to prevent continued and unsustainable budget short falls in the operation of the solid waste collection and disposal system of Neshoba County, to repay old outstanding inter-fund loans associated with garbage collection activities budget deficits and provide for imminent future capital expenses. Other that the aforementioned proposed amendment, the ordinance will remain unchanged.

The Philadelphia-Neshoba Choctaw COVID-19 Task Force

Issues the following Press Release

March 28, 2020

The Philadelphia-Neshoba Choctaw COVID-19 Task Force, made up of the Chief Executives of the City, County, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians with the cooperation of officials from Neshoba General Hospital, Neshoba County Emergency Management, Public Safety and our state legislators strongly emphasize that:

Everyone please exercise all necessary actions and be diligent in adherence to the guidelines and recommendations put forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the MS Dept. of Health (MSDH) to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in our community.

We can’t over emphasize the seriousness of this pandemic. Please limit your outings to only those that are necessary and adhere to social distancing recommendations.  Please refrain from any casual outings and gatherings. Please stay at home and self-quarantine to the extent possible to prevent Covid-19 virus transmission. Your health and the safety and health of our fellow citizens and health care workers working tirelessly to contain this pandemic are paramount.
The following updates were discussed by the Taskforce on Saturday,
March 28, 2020:


•    84 new cases brings Mississippi’s total to 663
•    2 new cases brings Neshoba County total to 3
•    13 deaths:  Desoto, Hancock, Harrison, Holmes, Lee, Petty, Rankin, Sunflower, Tippah (2), Tunica, Webster, Wilkinson

Please visit this website: https://cdc.gov/covid19  for more information on the
COVID-19 virus, and also questions you may have as a business owner.

Please see the following link to the Mississippi Economic Council’s summary of the Cares Act, which is a very detailed section-by section analysis:

https://msmec.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/CARES-Section-by-Section-Final.pdf

The following is an abbreviated version of the Act:


PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP IS PROVIDING ECONOMIC RELIEF TO AMERICAN WORKERS, FAMILIES, AND BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY THE CORONAVIRUS
“The legislation developed in the Senate is the first step to restoring confidence and stability to America's economy.” – President Donald J. Trump
SECURING EMERGENCY RELIEF: President Donald J. Trump is signing bipartisan legislation to provide relief to American families and workers during the coronavirus outbreak.
•    The President worked with Congress to secure bipartisan legislation that will provide emergency relief to families and small businesses that have been impacted by the coronavirus.
o    This unprecedented relief package totals more than $2 trillion.
•    The CARES Act provides much needed economic relief for American families and businesses who are hurting through no fault of their own.
•    This legislation will provide assistance to America’s heroic healthcare workers who are on the frontlines of this outbreak.
o    $100 billion will go to healthcare providers, including hospitals on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
o    $27 billion will go to bolstering life-saving capabilities, including developing vaccines and the development, purchase, and distribution of critical supplies.
o    $45 billion will go to the Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Relief Fund, more than doubling the amount available to support the President’s Emergency and Disaster Declarations to empower State, local, and tribal leaders to effectively respond.
SUPPORTING FAMILIES: This legislative package brings security to American families by providing them with economic assistance during this time of crisis.
•    This legislation provides tax free payments—treated as a refundable tax credit—to Americans, giving families the immediate financial support they need.
o    Couples earning up to $150,000 will receive $2,400, plus an additional $500 for each child.
o    Individuals earning up to $75,000 will receive $1,200, plus an additional $500 for each child.
o    These payments will phase out for those earning over $75,000, $112,500 for head of household filers, and $150,000 for married couples filing joint tax returns.
•    The legislation provides much needed assistance to Americans out of work.
o    The CARES Act allows States to temporarily increase unemployment benefits and receive Federal reimbursement for the additional amount.
o    Encourages States to waive the typical one week waiting period and provides an additional 13 weeks of benefits
o    Creates a new program to assist the self-employed and independent contractors who are unemployed due to the pandemic.
•    The legislation provides relief for homeowners and renters, ensuring that Americans’ homes are not threatened by the coronavirus.
o    Enables payment forbearance for federally backed mortgages, requires a foreclosure and eviction moratorium for homeowners with such mortgages, and imposes an eviction moratorium for renters in federally supported housing.
•    Suspends penalties for withdrawing up to $100,000 from retirement accounts.
•    Allows a high-deductible health plan with a health savings account to cover telehealth services prior to a patient reaching the deductible.

 
•    The legislation provides $3.5 billion in emergency funding to our child care providers to stay open, keep payroll, and prioritize the child care needs of healthcare, emergency, and sanitation workers all across our country.
BOLSTERING THE ECONOMY: This legislation will strengthen our economy by providing needed financial assistance to America’s small businesses and workers.
•    Small businesses that have been hurt by coronavirus will receive the help they need to survive and prosper.
•    This legislation provides small businesses and nonprofits comprised of 500 or fewer employees with almost $350 billion in partially forgivable loans.
o    The maximum loan amount for 7(a) business loans will be temporarily increased.
o    This legislation also provides $17 billion to forgive 6 months of payments on any existing Small Business Administration non-disaster loans.
•    The CARES Act provides critical payroll tax relief for small businesses.
•    The legislation expands the emergency disaster loan program by funding $10 billion in advances on loan applications to rapidly help small businesses cover expenses including sick leave, payroll, and rent.
•    Businesses adversely affected by the coronavirus are eligible for a tax credit of $5,000 for wages paid to each employee.
•    The CARES Act includes $500 billion for the Treasury and Federal Reserve to provide liquidity and purchase business, municipal, and State debt.
o    If needed, the Federal Reserve can leverage funds of more than $4 trillion in financial support during this time of disaster.


•    If you need information in the City of Philadelphia call 601.656.3612
•    If you need Tax Assessor/Collector information call 601.656.4541
•    If you need Emergency Information call 601.656.3121
•    If you need Neshoba County Government information 601.656.6281
•    If you need Tribal information call Office of Public Inf. 601.663.7532