Cities banking on sales tax referendums - - Jackson, MS

Cities banking on sales tax referendums

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BYRAM, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Voters head back to the polls Tuesday for the general election. For some, there are more considerations on the ballot than candidates. 

The cities of Brandon, Vicksburg, and Byram all have special sales tax referendums. City leaders want visitors and travelers to shell out extra taxes on rentals, hotels, motels, and other items. 

Byram wants to impose a 2 percent tax. The Mayor says that money would be used to established more parks and recreational areas for residents as well as promote tourism.

"It's just an opportunity for us to glean from the people that visit here and if we continue to build places where people can come play sports we are," said Mayor Richard White. "It's just an opportunity for us to use that money in that way."

The referendum would require 60% in favor in order to pass.  

According to Mayor White, the new funding source would pump $55-thousand dollars a year into the general fund. 

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