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Jackson County to vote on tourism tax

taxesPASCAGOULA — Jackson County supervisors have decided to go ahead with a special election June 23 for a 2 percent tourism tax on hotel and motel rooms, rather than wait for the November general election.

The Sun Herald reports voters will be asked to decide whether to institute the tax to support tourism.

Renee Areng, executive director of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau, presented a formal resolution to the Jackson County Board of Supervisors on Monday. Four cities in the county have endorsed it, but voters will have the final say.

Moss Point and Pascagoula already have a 3 percent occupancy tax. Ocean Springs has a 2 percent tax. Gautier and the county currently have no room tax.

 

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