Entergy mistake nets Hernando a windfall - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Entergy mistake nets Hernando a windfall

HERNANDO, MS (WMC-TV) - Entergy Mississippi is correcting an error in which tax payments due to the cities of Hernando and Walls were paid to the wrong governments.

"Thru no fault of their own, I don't think, Entergy was paying the wrong city these property taxes, and our city clerk had been noticing that our property taxes in that category were going down every year and it just didn't make sense," Hernando Mayor Chip Johnson said.

That wrong city was Southaven. Hernando City Clerk Janet Riley said she tried for years to get the problem resolved, but to no avail.

"I know that if the power substation was out there, our taxes should have gone up," she said. "We annexed another one, our taxes should have gone up and I continually called the state tax commission without any success."

Riley asked Johnson for help, and he called Entergy Mississippi. After some research, Entergy found it owed the city almost $300,000, including more than $60,000 in back interest. Walls received almost $40,000 dollars after finding checks were going to Horn Lake.

Entergy spokesman Pat Nelson said the error goes back eight years.

Johnson was simply glad things worked out.

"It doesn't happen everyday, and the people of Hernando are the recipients of that check, and I think they're going to be happy about it," he said.

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