City vote likely on tourism tax

By REGGIE ROSS
Staff Writer

The push for a one percent increase on restaurant and hotel taxes is likely to come down to the voters in the City of Grenada.
According to Rep. Kevin Horan of District 34, the state Senate has passed Senate Bill 3024, which will come back to the House this week.
Horan said the law will call for the tourism tax bill to be a direct referendum that will be placed on a ballot for the citizens of Grenada.
“I anticipate the House to concur on the Senate vote, and it will be sent to the governor to be signed,” Horan said. “I’ve had a chance to review the bill, along with the chairman, and I feel good about it.”
Tourism Director Gary Worsham said any bill that calls for a tax increase has to be a direct referendum.
“If it’s signed, the referendum will be on the ballot for city voters,” Worsham said. “That vote will have to pass with a 60 percent approval.”
The bill is for the City of Grenada to authorize levying of an additional tax on hotels-motels, restaurants and bars, and extend the repealer on the tourism tax.
The new tax will be two percent on restaurants and three percent on motels.

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