Recreation group lobbying for new hospitality tax

GAUTIER — Members of the Gautier Recreation Advisory Committee are out promoting the 2 percent tax levy on the Aug. 27 ballot.

The committee chairman, Larry Dailey, tells The Sun Herald the levy will be imposed on prepared food, adult beverages and hotels and motels, and by law, 100 percent of the tax money generated must be used for recreation facilities.

Committee members were out yesterday making people aware of the upcoming election.

The issue was on the ballot in June and received 54 percent of the vote. In order to pass, 60 percent of the vote is needed next week.

Dailey is hoping the committee can drum up support by informing voters the money will be used only for recreation facilities and infrastructure, and groceries will not be taxed.

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