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City mulling plan for entertainment district designation

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia could become the fifth city in Mississippi to have a designated Arts and Entertainment District.

Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus and Ocean Springs have entertainment districts.

The Philadelphia Board of Aldermen has not officially decided to designate an arts and entertainment district within the city, but Mayor James Young says he can’t see many reasons not to.

City officials were briefed on the program last week.

The program allows a local government to create an entertainment district in which businesses that sell tickets can get tax breaks for new or renovated venues. The venue would depreciate in five years compared to the normal 40 years.

The participating businesses must add a $2 fee to their tickets for five years.

Source: AP

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