First tourism tax forum is July 17

Staff Writer

The first of several expected public forums concerning the upcoming tourism tax referendum has been set.
According to Gary Worsham, executive director of Grenada Tourism, the first public meeting is scheduled downtown for Tuesday, July 17, at the JAS. Cuff (Lofts on the Square) building at 5:30 p.m.
“We will try to do a few of these where we will make a presentation and answer any questions about the referendum that the people may have,” Worsham said.
Worsham said City Manager Trey Baker and Matthew Harrison, executive director of the Grenada County Economic Development District, will also be on hand for the presentation.
“We’re just doing our homework here,” Worsham said. “We want to have as many of these as we can just to get the message across.”
Although no election date has been set, once the referendum is placed on a ballot citizens will decide on a one percent increase on restaurants and hotels.
The referendum 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, 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.
If the referendum is approved, 100 percent of the new tax goes to the city for the sports complex. The current tourism tax will still be split 50-50 between Grenada Tourism and the city.

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