By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
Alcorn County supervisors are working to get caught up on payments to various agencies after a heated discussion this month with animal shelter representatives.
Chancery Clerk Greg Younger announced Monday night at the supervisors meeting that funding came through to make November payments to the animal shelter and other agencies, such as the airport and The Alliance.
After the November payment is made, the county will still be behind on the December payment.
The delayed payments raised concerns with Corinth-Alcorn Animal Shelter Board President Kayo McPeters this month.
She told the supervisors, “For some reason y’all just don’t like us.”
Supervisor Lowell Hinton called that statement “unfair” while Supervisors President Jimmy Tate Waldon said he did not have anything against the shelter.
County officials noted that other agencies, not just the animal shelter, have had their payments delayed due to tight budget conditions.
Alcorn County’s monthly payment to the shelter is $2,083.
It is not unusual for the county to be in a budget crunch this time of year as it waits for property tax payments to come in, Younger has said.
Earlier this month, Animal Shelter Volunteer Director Charlotte Doehner said she paid the second payroll in October out of her own pocket. The shelter got the October check from the county in November, she added.
At the latest, the agencies should be made whole by around mid-February. But Younger hopes the county can make the December payment in January and be caught up before February. The county is exercising caution with the budget, he added.