Mayor wants tax increase to pay for sportsplex

BRANDON — Mayor Butch Lee is proposing a 2 percent additional tax on food and beverage sales at Brandon restaurants to pay for a multi-field complex focused on baseball.

He says the goals are to allow the city’s Shiloh Park to convert more to soccer and girls fast-pitch softball.

He tells The Clarion-Ledger a sportsplex would put his city in a position to host major regional youth sports tournaments.

Town Hall meetings are scheduled for June 4 and 6.

Lee pictures Brandon as a travel destination for youth sports, akin to Birmingham and Southaven.

Brandon voters would have to approve the tourism tax in a referendum.

Lee says people don’t mind taxes as long as they know where their tax money is being spent.

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