By REGGIE ROSS
The Grenada Tourism Commission will host a celebration for the passing of the Referendum, earlier this month.
Gary Worsham, director of the Grenada Tourism Commission, said a celebration for the passing of Referendum One is scheduled Thursday for 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Lewis Johnson Senior Citizens Complex.
“This is something that we wanted to do to celebrate such a huge accomplishment for the city,” Worsham said. “This is a way to show our appreciation.”
Out of 2,200 voters, 85 percent of city residents voted in favor of the one percent tourism tax increase.
With the referendum passing it authorizes Grenada to levy additional taxes on hotels-motels, restaurants and bars, and extend the repealer on the tourism tax.
The new tax 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 old law charged one percent on restaurants and two percent on city motels.
With the new tax taking affect, Grenada plans to build a sports complex in North Grenada visible from Interstate 55.
The new tax is expected to go into affect in November. The city will likely see tax receipts in December.
City Manager Trey Baker said the city is currently meeting with bond executives and finance personnel as part of the next steps.
“Right now we’re doing these inter things to see where we are and which director to take,” Baker said.