By REGGIE ROSS
The election date for the one percent tourism tax increase has been set, and city voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, Oct. 2.
The decision to set the date was passed unanimously by the Grenada City Council at their regularly scheduled meeting.
Ward Five City Councilman Joshua Hughes made the motion that was seconded by Ward Three Councilman Lewis Johnson to designate that day as the city’s election date.
Initially, Grenada City Manager Trey Baker recommended to the city council that the election be held on Oct. 1, but Johnson said that Tuesday is a better day to hold an election.
“Monday is the first, and that’s an extremely busy day for people,” Johnson said. “With it being the first day of the month, it’s check day for a lot of people, and they will already do a lot of running around.”
When 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, which became effective in August 1992, charges one percent on restaurants and two percent on city motels.
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