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Vicksburg residents to vote on special tax for sports complex

VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Folks in Vicksburg will head to the polls next Tuesday to vote on a sales tax increase to build a multi-million-dollar sports complex.

“In my opinion, this sports complex will be the best thing that ever happened to the city of Vicksburg,” said Mayor George Flaggs.

A more than $20 million sports complex could soon be going up in Vicksburg.

To make it happen, 60 percent of the voters in the city must approve the plan. Residents and visitors will also have to pay an extra 2 percent sales tax for hotel room rentals and food and beverages restaurants and bars.

“I think the two percent is a minute amount money. My husband and I travel. I think it was somewhere in Texas and it was something like 16 percent for a bed-breakfast tax and we are worried about a two percent,” said business owner Joyce Clingin said.

While some folks support the plan, others are still not sold on coming out their pockets with the extra money. The mayor is hoping they change their minds by June 6th, which is Election Day.

“What this sportsplex would do is create jobs, it will allow the children to play on first class softball and soccer fields and it has a $35 million impact over the next five years,” said Flaggs.

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