Both the current and former tax collectors, Larry Ross and Greg Younger, like the idea.
“It’s going to present a lot of benefit to the people in the county,” said Ross.
He is interested in leasing space at the former Trustmark Bank branch location at the corner of North Parkway and East Shiloh Road. An insurance office recently opened in the building, and some questions emerged about the legality of the two offices operating under one roof.
“I still have the concerns I had before about the commingling of a public office and a private office in the same workspace, particularly when that public office is handling public funds,” said Board of Supervisors Attorney Bill Davis.
An attorney general’s opinion obtained by Ross did not resolve the question, and the supervisors directed Davis to seek another one with more pointed questions.
The drive-through would be another option for those who wish to avoid the stairs at the courthouse.
“I always had the feeling that the citizens of Alcorn County would appreciate a drive-through window where they could go through and pay property taxes and renew car tags,” said Younger.
Supervisor Tim Mitchell said he does not like the idea of placing a drive-through off of county-owned property. He suggested the supervisors’ office would be a suitable location, although it would have the initial cost of outfitting a drive-through on the former sheriff’s department property, which has some unused space.
Ross is looking at a three-year lease if his proposal is eventually approved.