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City wants legislators to approve vote on restaurant/bar tax

GAUTIER — The Gautier City Council has approved a resolution asking for legislative authority to hold a referendum on a 1 percent tax on restaurant and bar sales to fund recreation, economic development and tourism promotion.

The Mississippi Press reports the vote without comment at yesterday’s council meeting is for a “local and private bill” in the Legislature. If approved, the referendum would be on the May 2013 municipal ballot.

City manager Samantha Abell says the 1 percent sales tax is projected to produce $164,500 in revenue, which would be added to the current parks and recreation budget of $164,000.

Abell said 80 percent of the current parks and recreation budget is for salaries and maintenance.

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  1. Thats the whats wrong with our country now,80% when you already have people on the payroll doing nothing,give me a break,,I worked for local goverment and trust me,they only need to fire a lot of people.NOT RAISE TAXES>

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