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Reported by Chip Washington

DeSoto County to crack down on car tags

HERNANDO, MS (WMC-TV) - Car tags are something many take for granted, specially when living in Memphis.  But with a possible $2 million deficit looming in DeSoto County, car tags have taken center stage.

"Regardless of a shortfall or revenue or bottom line, people have to register their cars in the county in which they reside," county administrator Michael Garriga said Wednesday. "At the end of the day, you've got to buy those car tags and pay your taxes."

With new car sales down 50 percent in DeSoto County, the sales tax deficit has been as high as $100,000 dollars a month. Garriga says this could effect the way the county does business, but hopefully not at a reduction of services.

"In times of economic shortfall or economic recession, we have to consider that revenues may not meet our expectations or need, so we have to plan for times of economic recession or shortfall," he said.

This could mean tapping into the county's contingency fund, or other possibilities, like a possible hiring freeze. As for the car tag situation, officials have asked the DeSoto County Sheriff's Department to take a closer look at vehicles that might skirt the law.

Resident Fred Lipscomb said he supports that effort.

"I think the people who live here should support the county and support the city," he said.

Current laws state that a person who moves into any Mississippi county has 30 days to obtain a Mississippi car tag. Failure to do so will result in a fine of up to $1,000.

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