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City petitioning Legislature for tourism tax



SOUTHAVEN — Last fall, voters in the city of Southaven gave overwhelming support, in a nonbinding election, to a proposal to place a 1 percent sales tax on restaurants.

Now, the city has asked the Legislature to approve the tourism tax without the necessity of another election.

Mayor Greg Davis tells [ITAL]The Commercial Appeal[ITAL] that proceeds from the tax would help pay for a $35 million parks improvement program.

Southaven already collects a 1 percent tax on hotel and motel bills.

Last October, 67 percent of voters in the special election said they would support the local tourism tax.

In the past, the Legislature has generally required a local election to impose the new tax, and 60 percent of voters would have to approve it.

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