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Voters to decide on additional tax for amphitheater's future

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BRANDON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A new concert venue is going up in Brandon. It will be similar to those in Nashville and Tuscaloosa, Florida.

Voters will soon choose if another tax is needed for its future expansions and recreation.

The $14 million Brandon Amphitheater is already paid for through a 2% food and beverage tax passed in 2013.

The upcoming referendum will levy a 3% tax on hotel and motel rentals to fund future projects and expansions.

That includes money for acquisitions, construction, expansions, furnishings and improvements of the amphitheater.

"If we're able to get some more funding dedicated to the amphitheater through lodging or occupancy tax what that will allow us to do is take some of that 2% money and do other things like bike trails, running trails, dog parks etc," said Brandon Mayor Butch Lee.

Some are opposed to the additional tax and say the current 2% food and beverage tax could be used instead of adding a tax on visitors to the city.

The 8,400 seat amphitheater sits on 250 acres and is at 40% completion.

The project is set to be completed in March of 2018.

The tax referendum is on the June 6th ballot.

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