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Natchez officials hope casino can help with city’s cash woes

Natchez city officials are asking Magnolia Bluffs Casino to pay one-quarter of its annual lease payment in advance so the city can pay employees and its bills on time.

The Natchez Democrat reports that Ward 1 Alderwoman Joyce Arceneaux-Mathis told the Natchez Board of Aldermen at a Tuesday meeting the city does not have enough cash to pay employees or the docket.

The board asked City Attorney Robert Latham to contact Magnolia Bluffs Casino President Kevin Preston to see if the casino can pay in advance the remaining $250,000 in lease funds owed to the city for this calendar year.

Without an advance payment from the casino, the city could be forced to take out a loan to cover a cash shortfall to for its payments.

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