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City leaders want extension of tourism tax

SOUTHAVEN — The city of Southaven’s 1-cent tourism tax on restaurant tabs is set to expire this year, and officials are working to stop that from happening.

The Commercial Appeals reports the Board of Aldermen this week unanimously passed a resolution asking that the Mississippi Legislature to remove the repealer clause that would cause the tax to expire. The board also requested in its resolution that legislators extend the tax beyond this year.

The 1 percent tourism tax, dubbed “A Penny for Your Parks,” was approved by voter referendum in 2010. The money generated from the tax was touted as a way the city could finance a $35 million improvement for the city’s parks system and also build a senior citizens activity center without raising property taxes.

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