Tourism support

Staff Writer

The Grenada City Council has added its stamp of approval to a possible renewal and increase of the city’s tourism tax, set to go before the state legislature soon.

At their regular meeting Monday night, the motion to approve of a tourism bill resolution passed unanimously.

A resolution passed by the county board of supervisors last week has the approval of the city with an intention to raise the tourism tax to two percent on restaurant bills and three percent on motel rooms.

The current law, which sunsets Sept. 30, 2018, charges one percent on restaurants and two percent on motels.

In 2016, Grenada collected $501,500 in tourism taxes. Of that $146,340 was collected through the one percent restaurant tax and $355,160 through the two percent hotel tax.
Fifty percent of the total tax proceeds goes to the city, and 50 percent goes to the Grenada Tourism Commission.

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