No date yet for tourism tax vote

By REGGIE ROSS
Staff Writer

 

No date has been set for the citywide referendum in which voters will decide on a one percent tourism tax increase.
Thursday, the Grenada City Council was briefed on the tax referendum during a special called meeting. City Manager Trey Baker informed the city council about the election needs one week after Gov. Phil Bryant’s signing of House Bill 1563, which proposes one percent increase on Grenada’s restaurants and motels.
“The council wanted to know about the logistics of the direct referendum,” Baker said. “We don’t have a hard deadline, so a date for an election hasn’t been set.”
Baker said a resolution was passed to keep the old tourism tax, and steps were made to proceed into direct referendum.
“We will have to have an election, that is certain,” Baker said.
The bill is for the City of Grenada to authorize levying an additional tax on hotels-motels, restaurants and bars, and extend the repealer on the tourism tax.
The new tax, if approved by voters, will result in a total of two percent tax on food and alcohol at restaurants inside the city, and a three percent total tax on motels. It is designated for a sports complex.
The current law charges one percent on restaurants and two percent on city motels.

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