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City's tourism tax proposal put on hold

FULTON — Fulton Mayor Paul Walker says a proposal to increase the tourism tax on hotel rooms will not appear on the November ballot as originally planned.

Walker tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that the tax must be voted on in a citywide election rather than one that would include county voters outside the town.

The proposal would add 3 percent to the cost of staying at a hotel or motel within the city.

The increase would have to be approved by 60 percent of the city’s voters before it can go into effect.

Walker says the funds generated by the proposed tourism tax — estimated at up to $70,000 annually — would be used to support several projects.

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