No election date yet for tourism tax

Staff Writer

No public hearing has been scheduled about the upcoming referendum on the tourism tax increase and the plans for a city sports complex, according to Grenada City Manager Trey Baker.
“We don’t have a deadline, so we’re not in a hurry with this,” Baker said. “We want to make sure our ducks are in a row.”
After the signing of the HB 1563 by Gov. Phil Bryant, which will put a direct referendum on the ballot, Baker said he has looked at different options as to the next step toward the election.
“By getting our ducks in a row, that means I want to continue to meet with our hotels, our restaurants and those associations,” Baker said. “Also the civic clubs and others just to get an understanding.”
The direct referendum is a bill 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, 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.
The current law charges one percent on restaurants and two percent on city motels.
When it is placed on a ballot, 60 percent of the city’s voters must vote in favor.

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