SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC-TV) - Those planning this year's Mid-South Fair in DeSoto County are working hard to make it the best ever, but a lingering question for local law enforcement officials was how overtime security issues would be paid for.
DeSoto County Sheriff Bill Rasco says his questions have been now answered.
"The numbers have gone way down from what we originally began with, because they're not going to need as many officers or as many hours as they gave us to figure out," Rasco said.
Based on early estimates, Rasco thought it would cost approximately $125,000, and said the taxpayers should not have to pay the additional burden.
Angie Tacker, owner of the Hernando Flower Shop, believes there should be a compromise.
"Work some kind of split," she said. "It will bring people to the county and they will spend money in other places, but I don't feel like the taxpayers should foot the whole bill for security."
Jim Rout, President of the Mid South Fair, said attendance will be a factor as to how much security is needed, but is confident things will work out.
"We have budgeted some dollars into our budget for such things," he said. "It's what we paid back in Memphis for the police department, and in the end we will certainly work with them the best we can."
Rout says that there is now a better understanding of what the security needs will be. Southaven will be the lead agency for this year's event, with support coming from the DeSoto County Sheriff's Department and private security.
The fair runs from September 25th thru October 4th.