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Page 6 The Woodville Republican, Thursday, September 24, 2015 IN THE MATTER OF LEVYING COUNTY AD-VALOREM TAXES FOR THE CURRENT FISCAL YEAR 2015 - 2016 iNCLUDING ROAD DISTRICTS, SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND/OR OTHER TAXING D)STRI~T~ There came on for hearing end dete~ninatlon by the Board oF Superviaors of Wilkinson County, Mississippi, on this the 11th day of September, A.D., 2015, the matter of levying ed- valorem taxes for the year 2015-2016, beginning October 1, 2015, on essessmeots of property as oF January 1, 2016, for Wilkinson County, Mississippi, for the Road Districts, Countywide ~:hool District and for all other Taxing Districts and fixing the tax rate, or levy, for the County and for the Districts as stated in accordance with the provisions of Section 27-39-$03, Mississippi Code of 1972, Annotated, as amended, and ot~er laws relative to said matters, add the Board, having fully and carefully considered the needs end requirements of the various funds of the County and of said Districts and the rates, or levies, which ore required to produce the revenue necessary to meet the budget aS made, fixed and hereby approved by this Board, as required by law; and it haviog been ascertained that the maintenance levies for the Countywide School Motrrtenanc~ are supported by proper and necessary Patltlons as reqotred Py law; and It appearing that the tax rates, Or levies, for the County end the several County purposes are necessary in order to raise the funds required to meet the expense of the County, and for the said Taxing Districts for said fiscal year, IT iS THEREFORE ORDERED AND ADJUDGED by the goard of Supervisors of Wilkinson County, Mississippi. that the following ad-vaiorem tax rates or levies be and the same are hereby imposed and levied for the fiSCal year 2015.2016. upon the assessed value of all taxable property in Wilkinson County, Mississippi, add ~n the respective Road Districts, Countywide School District, and all other Taxing Districts in Wilkinson County ;Is the property is now axsessed arid listed, or as may be hereafter assessed and listed, upon the Assessment Rolls of said County, as of Janoary 1, 2016, (except the exempted value of homesteads to the extent exempted by AThe Homestead Exemption Act of 194B as amended,@) and said rates, expressed in mills or a decimal fraction Of a mill, being levied and imposed upon each dollar of assessed valuation appearing upon the assessment rolts of said County as of January 1, 201B, for the foliowlnR funds and purposes; and when the money Is collected, it shoal be credited to the respective funds as provided by law. There is hereby levied upon each dollar of assessed valuation in the County and County School District Dad Road District for Countywide purposes as Follows: The general County purposes (current expenses and maintenance} as authorized by Section 27,39-303, 1972 Code of Mississippi, Annotated. as Amended The levy of fifty six and 23/:100 mills for general purposes is for the following items: Office Administration, Judicial and Law EnForcement, Farm and Home Sorvice, Operation and Maintenance of Buildings and Grounds, Public Health and Sundry, as shown by the budget here adopted by this Board; and in accordance with the reguletions of the State Auditing Department. The re IS levied upon each dollar of assessed valoatlon in the Coooty for malotenence of County Roads under Section 27-,'19-305~ 1972 Code of Mississippi, Annotated, as Amended: $7,48 4:00 There is levied upon each dollar of assessed valuation tn the County for maintenance of County Bridges under Section 27-39-305, 1972 Code of Mississippi, Annotated, as Amended: 6,00 There is levied upon each dollar of assessed vaioatlon in the County for school purposes under SQction 37-$7-105, lg72 Code of Mississippi, Annotated, as Amended: (1) Wilkinson County SChool Maiotenance Fund 34.03 There is levied and imposed upon each dollar of assessed vaioatlon in the County for the support arid maintenance of Southwest Mississippi Community Colleie under Section 37-29-141, 1972 Code of Mississippi, Annotated, as Amended: (1) Eor the enlargement, improvement and reD$1r oF the Junior College 1.00 (2) For the support of Southwest Mississippi Community College ].00 (3} For support and/or for the enlargement, ,), improvement and repair of the JuniorCollege 1.00 There is levied upon each dollar of assessed valuation in the County for the purchase, operation and maintenance of Fire T,ucks and other firefighting equipment as authorized by Section 83-1-39 5(d), 1972 Code of MiSsissippi, Anootated, as Amended: 1.0B ' ' ~"... Maintenance of Reappraisal as authorized 10n/ Section 29-39-32, 1972 Code oF Mississippi, Annotated, as Amended: 1.25 Debt Service School under Section 37-$9-107, 1972 Code of MiSSissippi, Annotated. as Amended: 5.97 Recreation & Development Services as authorized by Section 55-9- 83, 1972 Code of Mi~issippi` Annotated, as Amended: 1.04 There iS hereby levied on all timbered and uncultivated lands in the County a levy of nine cents (.09) per acre for fire and forest protection the sum oF nine cents (.O9} per acre as roqulrod by Sectlo~ 49-19-:115 oF the Mississippi Code of 1972, Annotated, as Amended It is further Ordered by this Board that ell Ad-valorem taxes hereby levied and imposed are fixed within the limits as stated in Section 27-39-g0:1 to 27-39-317, both inclusive, of the Mis~ssippi Code of 1972, Annotated; that general couoLy taxes being governed by Section 27- 39-303; road taxes bv Section 27-39-305; and the School taxes by Sections 37-51-1, 37-21-7, 37- $7-105, and Section 25-11-1 lfi, 1972 Code of Mississippi, es Amended, and in the event that any levy for xny road district or school district shall exceed th e limit fixed by I=w, the Cou ntywlde levy shall have pteCedl~e over any levy for a road district ot a school district. It IS Further Ordered that the ebove rates, or levies, in mills or in decimal frections thereof, shall be applied to each dollar of assessed valuation as shown by the 201S assessment rolls of Wilkinson County, Mississippi, and ;n respective districts upon which said rates or levies are respectively fixed, except as to such values as may be exempted by law, in whole or in pan from certain tax rates oq levies: it being the intention and purpose of the Board of Supervisors of Wilkiosoo County, Mississippi, to fully and in detail comply with aft requirements of law relating thereto and especially Section 27-39-317. 1972 Code of Mississippi, Annotated, R is further Ordered that all monies received and collected by the assessor and tax eollecto, be paid by him to the proper fund according to tho provisions of this order, shall be credited to the designated funds by the County Auditor, in accordance with the budget es adopted by this Board and shall be expended in the manner and for the purposes ~s set forth in said budget, and for no other purposes. it is Further Ordered that the CJerk of this Board be and is hereby expressly directed to comply with all requirements of law prescribed by ~ectiofl 27-39-319, 1972 Code oF Mississippi, Annotated. as Amended, relating to the certification and publication of the ed-valorom rates and directed to immediately certify the same to the auditor of pIjblic accounts, to the Tax Collector of Wilkinson County, tO the State T ax Corn mission of the State of Mississippi, and to the Secretary of State of the State of Mississippi, and to have said Order printed within two weeks after it is entered upon the minutes oF the Board of SuperviSOrs and furnish any taxpayer a copy upon request of the same. ,~C~u~E TU_!~q~ MILLS GENERAL COUNTY FUND (ALL PURPOSES} ...................................................... 57.48 COUNTYWIDE ROAD FUND .............................................................................. 4.00 COUNTYWIDE BRIDGE FUND ........................................................................ 6.00 WILKINSON COUNW .~HOOL MAINTENANCE FUND ...................................... 34.03 SOUTHWEST MiSSiSSiPPi COMMUNITY COLLEGE FUND ................................ 3.00 FIRE PROTECTION FUND .................................................................................. 1.00 RECREATION & DEVELOPMENT SERVICES ........................................................ 1.04 MAINTENANCE OF REAPPRAISAl. ..................................................................... 1.25 DEgT SERVICE SCHOOL ..................................................................................... S,47 TOTAL .......................................................................................................... 113.27 There is hereby levied on all timbered and uncuRivatable lands in the County e law of nine cents (.09) per acre For fire and forest protection the sum of nine cents {.0g) Per acre as required by Section 49-19-115 of the Missicstppl Code of 1972, Annotated, es Amended. dral and do a little shopping. b/How NelWvb It was very interesting shop rve alwaysloved the outdoors ping at the market place on the and have had dreams of going streets ofMoscow. The exchange te Alaska brown bear hunting. I rate is sixty seven reubels te one alwaysfigureditwouldjustbea dollar. I saw all sorts of Russian dream, and I would never have fur hats, souveniers, nesting the opportunity to do it. But dolls and jewlery. It felt funny that a]l dmnged in buying my kids gifcs and paying 2014. I called a friend in Idaho, 8,000 rubels which is only $120. Rex Summerfield, who owns To my surprise there was al- and operates an outdoor televi- ways someone who spoke a little produc~ou company. My English in the marketplace and wife, AU~ had met him on a in the restaurants. black bear hunt in Quebec a few I was glad we had an extra years ago. I called him to recom- day in Moscow because my bag mend an outfitter in~ He finally arrived from London told me ho would be glad to give just in time for me to board my me the names of several good flight to the Kamchatka Pen- outfitters, but he had planned a insula. It is seventeen hours trip to Russia and had one spot difference in Petropavlovsk available ifI wanted it. Kamchatka than at my home My first thought was Russia, in Oxford, Mississippi. really?. RUSSIA? That had nev- Myself, Rex Summerfield er crossed my mind. So I did my and Dick Scorzafava, the host hom and found out that of "The Radical Hunter" on Russia homes two-thirds of the the Pursuit Channel and the brown bear population in the editor of'~Bear Hunter" maga- werl& The other third is scat- zine, boarded a van and made tered through Alaska, Canada the four hour journey down and the lower forty~ght. You the roughest gravel roads I have to realize that rm just a have ever traveled. I am from country boy &om Mississippi, V rflldnson County, Mississip- and this was a huge decision for pi, where the roads are pretty me to travel around the world bad. The first night we stayed en a trip of a lifetime. After in a small bed and breakfast much deliberation and prayer in a village on the west coast I derided to commit to going on of Kamchatka Peninsula this trip in August, 2015. near the Sea of Okhotsk. This As the day approached, I would be the last time I would started packing for the trip. see any kind of civilization for What do you pack for a two the next ten days. week trip in the wilderness of The next morning we board- Kamchatka Penin~ fareast ed a Russian armored person- Russia?I packed and unpacked nel vehide similar to a tank and seven or eight t nes not know- traveled seven hours through ing exactly what to take to pre- the Russian wilderness and pare for the weather. I figured tundra, all the while riding on out really quickly that you don't top of this tank, which was very just decide to up and travel to rough and uncomfortable. You Russl It takes many months have to realize there are no to prepare documents and vi- roads, and this is the reason sas because the Russian gov- we took this particular vehicle. eminent likes to keep up with We crossed rivers, mud bogs where you travel and many miles of tundra and Y/nelly the day of my de- finally arrived at our camp on parture arrived. Allison drove a small river that flowed into me to the airport in Memphis, the Sea of Okhotsk only a mile Tenneesee. TO my surprise, as I away was checkingmy baggage Delta The first thing I noticed as Airliues had derided because we entered camp was the old of the Cecil the Lion deal that fishing nets and fii five gal- they didn't want hunters taking lon barrels that washed ashore weatxmsen their airline. After made into a fence to try to keep muchde]iberatiou and aggrava- the bears out. Keep in mind tion I had no choice but to leave that this is no five star resort, mygunwithAllisontotakeback we are roughing it here. There home. Now rm offto Russia on a are no showers, no house, no huntingtripofalifetimewithno electricity and we are living in hunting rifle. Afl~r twelve hours tents and camping by the fire. I arrivedin Moscow, Russia, but I know you are probably won- my bag was stuck in London. dering what weapon I am go_ Great, now I have no gun and ingtohuntwith?WellsoamI! no luggage. My Russian guide, Mesha, The, first thing , you notice: who speaks, is in Moscow is how simple and around fifty five or sixty years c~owded the cityis.There are not old, and you can tell he has lived many happy faces there to greet a hard life. My first question you, My first hurdle is making it through my translator, Andre, thr~ custon~Withoutarifle is what kind of hunting rifle do it went surprisingly smoothly. I you have for us? Rex and Dick did get some stem looks from also flew Delta and could not the Russian customs oflidals, bring weapons either. So Mesha but they stamped my visa, and pulls out an old Russian made I had a day to spend in Moscow 7.62x51 open sight rifle compa- before I was off on another nine ruble to our .308 in the U.S. At hour flight to the Kamchatka first I thought it was a joke. I Peninsula. quickly w2]ized it was not a joke Denny Geurink, with Denny because Russians don't have Geurink Outdoor Adventores, high powered rifles with great in Michigan, has been taking optics. This was going to be a hunters to Russia for twenty challenge. five years for brown bear hunts. The first night was very ex- Denny met me at the airport, citing, and we didn't get much and we went to check in at the sleep because of the anticipation hotel. ~ getting checked in of the hunt and the bears enter- we decided to visit Red Square, ing dose to camp. We brought the Kremli~ St. Basil's Cathe- along a Russian bred dog UNANIMOUSLY ORDERED, ADJUDGED, RESOLVED AND ADOPTED th;s 8:~ day of September, 2015, William Bankston, President Wilkinson County ~oard oF Superviaors TIN I, Thomas C. Tolliver, Jr., Chancery Clerk, certify the foregoing resolution, consisting of seven (7) pages as a true end correct copy thereof as approved by a unanimous vote~ o~dered, adjudged, resolved and adopted by the Board of Supervisors in regular meeting assembled on September 8, 2015, STATE OF MISSISSiPPi SEPTEMBER g, 2015 COUNTY OF WILKINSON MINUTE BOOg -- PAGE _ -- Be it remembered that at the above stated te~m of the Honorable Board of Supervisors of said Count% orders were made and there was levied upon each dollar of assessed valuation in the County, and the County School District and road district subject to the state tax as follows: GENERAL COUNTY FUND (ALL PURPOSES) 57.48 COUNTYWIDE ROAD FUND .................................................................................................. 4,00 COUNTYWIDE BRIDGE FUND ............................................................................................. 6.00 WILKINSON COUNTY SCHOOL MAINTFNANCE FUND ........................................................ 34.0.] SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY COLLEGE FUND ..................................................... 3,00 FIRE PROTECTION FUND .................................................................................................... 1,0O RECREATION & DEVELOPMENT SERVIEFS ....................................................................... 1.04 MAINTENANCE OF REAPPRAISAL ........................................................................................ 1.25 DEBT SERVICE SCHOOL .................................................................................................. 5.47 TOTAL ........................................................................................................................... 113.27 There is levied on all timbered and uncultivated land in the County a lew of nine cents (0J) per acre for fire and forest protection, I, Thomas C. Tolliver, Jr, Clerk of the Chancery Court and Ex-Ch~icio Clerk of the Board of Supervisors in and for the County and State aforesaid, do hereby affirm that the foregoing Is a true and correct copy of Tax Levy as made by the Board of Supe~lsors at their September Term, A.D., 2015, as the same appears in detail with all onders thereon of record in Minute Book Page --- Et, Seq, in my OffiCe, ,,,.,~J~hOmes C. Tolliver, Jr. ~ i~ Chancery Clerk named Nort: He was our camp watch dog. If you can imagine it being so dark you can't see your hand in front of your face and having to use the outhouse yards away, thank God for Nort. I learned very quickly to always have a treat for him so he would sleep at the door of my tent. Every night you would hear him growling, barking and chasing bears out of camp. Like I said, we were on a small river and the salmon were coming up stream out of the sea to lay their eggs and die, so this attracted a lot of bears near camp. It's finally time to go hunting. We set off through the tundra in search of the Russian brown bear. Rex is behind the camera, and we have one Russian rifle to share between three hunters. rm up first.As we walk through the tundra I am amazed at all the different berries growing on the ground. There is so much food for the bears and other wildlife.As the sun comes up, we are gtassing for bears feeding. I spot a big bear about a half mile away, and it looks tremendous. This is my first time te ever see a brown bear in the wild. Me- sha looks at me and motions his hands out wide telling me it is a big bear. So the stalk is on. We crawled four hundred yards to get into range of the beac The tundra is like crawl- ing on a fluffy pillow. We close the distance to within eighty yards; Rex is over my shoulder with the camera. Mesha is set- tang up my shooting sticks. As I take aim, in the hack of my mind I am thinking- I hope I don't miss because this thing will eat me. I settle the sights on the bear and squeeze otfthe first reund, and it is a solid hit. To my surprise the bear did not flinch. I fired several more times before the bear fell. AS I am reloading, at a quick pace, Mesha is con- gratulating me on my first Rus- sian brown bear with a Russian rifle. We approach very care- fully, and I notice it is a beauti- fill blonde bear. These animals are amazing how big they really are. They weigh anywhere be- tween 1,000 and 1,800 pounds and stand between 7 and 11 feet tall. We take lots of pictures, and the Russian custom is to celebrate with vodka. Now, rm not a drinker, but I didn't want to inmflt my Russian hosts, so we all take a shot of the worst rubbing alcohol rye ever tastecL What an exalting hunt. We loaded the bear into the armored personnel vehicle and head back to camp where Mesha and Antatolie skin the bear and salt the hide. All the meat is saved and put in ba~:~ in the cold fiver so it will not spoil. After we finished tending to the bear, we relaxed around the fire and ate lunch. I found out why most of the Russians are so skinny. They eat a lot of fish, caviar, cheese and soup and drink a lot of vodka. You might as well get used to eat2ng a few black flies also because they are everywhere. Over the next few days, Dick and Rex aren't having very good luck with the Rus- sian rifle. We have seen over ninety bears but not havfllg any success. Some of the sow bears would have up to three cubs and most had twins. The population is very healthy and growing. On the ~ day, I get my second opportuni I'm told that we are going to a wd- ley named 'qhe Valley of the Bears."With that name it has to be a good spot. We set up on top of a hill overlooking the large valley. In the background is one of the twenty-nine active vol- canoes on this peninsula. Over the next hour we spot sever~] bears feeding on the berries fi~ this valley. Mesha sees a very large male bear in the distar ce. You can imagine the challenge of stalking one boar through a valley filled with many bears. My nerves Were on edge. Af- ter what seemed like being ~m eternity, we finally get in r:mg~ of the bear we are altar. I sortie in on my shooting sticks. The bear is feeding about one htm- dred yards away, and I take the shot. He falls instantly. I don't know who was more ex- cited, me or Mesha. I have just harvested my second Russian brown bear in five days. I can't explain how excited I was and what a dream come true I had just experienced. Over the next few days I took up fishing and filming for Rex on his hunt. I caught sev- eral nice spottedArctic char and silver salmon that we enjoyed cooking and eating at camp. On the last day of the hunt Rex finally got his bear. rm sorry to say my friend, Dick Scorzafava, was not so lucky.. But we were able to experience some beauti- fnl country and meet some won- derful people. Russia is not the evil empire we think The people are very nice and very helpful and welcomed three Americans with open arms. I wi]l never for- get the now friends I made on this trip. I would like to thank Dick and Rex for letting me join them on my dream hunt.Also thanks to Denny Geurink Outdoor Ad- ventures for hosting us.