Supervisors to meet next Monday on medical cannabis law
If you pay taxes through the DeSoto County Tax Collector’s Office, Joey Treadway, with a credit card, additional charges may be added to that payment in the future.
Companies that allow consumers to pay with credit cards multiple times are charged a per-transaction processing fee for convenience. That’s why in some places you have to pay a minimum amount to pay with a card.
At the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors meeting on Monday, Treadway informed the board that a contract with BancorpSouth where processing fees were not charged for credit card payments was expiring. Treadway said it’s been more than 30 years since residents made credit card payments through its office at no additional cost.
Now the county may face a processing fee of up to 2.5% of the total fee, an amount the taxpayer should likely be assessed in addition to the actual payment amount.
Treadway said it is considering other options, one of which is a company called Graphite Payments of Detroit, Michigan, which serves businesses in all industries, governments and municipalities.
Nothing has been decided yet, Treadway said, but he wanted to let supervisors know what was to come. The public will be alerted when a new program begins and what it would mean in their tax payments to the county.
Another area that Treadway is considering is the possible installation of kiosks in its offices for the payment of taxes. It’s a system that works well in Lee County, Treadway told supervisors, and would help ease the demand for work from an already small staff.
Also on Monday morning, supervisors quickly suspended a scheduled discussion of the new state medical marijuana law and its effects in the county. They decided to return Monday, April 25 at 8 a.m. to Hernando with the new state law at the center of that meeting.
As cities in DeSoto County debated whether to opt out of the law before the May 2 deadline, counties also have that deadline ahead of them if they want to do the same.
County officials have so far said very little about whether they will step down since the new law allowing the use of cannabis for medical purposes was passed and signed into law by Governor Tate Reeves in early February.
The concerns of municipalities that have opted out of the law lie in the lack of zoning control for dispensaries or other establishments that would sell medical cannabis.
Horn Lake cited zoning issues as it backed out of the law earlier this month, and the other three DeSoto County towns of Hernando, Southaven and Olive Branch are expected to make decisions at their next meeting. Tuesday, April 19.
This is because this would be their last regular meeting before the May 2 deadline.
Cities that opt out of the law have the option of re-enrolling at any time, but those that remain on May 2 cannot do the reverse and opt out after that date.
County officials, expecting a large turnout, asked anyone wishing to address supervisors at the meeting to let them know ahead of time. Currently, the meeting is scheduled to be held in the Board Room of the County Administration Building on Monday, April 25 at 8 a.m., but high demand may necessitate an alternate location.
No state adjustments to the medical marijuana law likely will occur until lawmakers return to Jackson next January.
Supervisors also recognized organ transplant awareness with a presentation by Sharon Wofford and Bridgette Bulloch of the Mississippi Roses Chapter of Links, Inc.
April 22 is Blue and Green Day, an awareness effort to promote organ, eye and tissue donation. April has been designated as National Gift of Life Month.