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City to ask lawmakers for tourism tax

SOUTHAVEN (AP) — The Southaven Board of Aldermen has approved a resolution asking lawmakers for a 1 percent tourism tax on restaurant bills.

Mayor Greg Davis says the proceeds would be used for upgrades and maintenance at two parks, which are used for several major youth baseball and softball tournaments each year.

Southaven, along with Horn Lake and Hernando, already levy a 1 percent tax on hotel and motel bills.

DeSoto County also levies a 2 percent tax on hotel and restaurant bills, with the funding used to pay off debt on the DeSoto County Civic Center.

Davis says the current 1 percent hotel tax brings in $250,000 a year for the city. He says the restaurant tax could bring in $1 million annually.

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