Residents to vote on lodging tax in October

HORN LAKE — Horn Lake aldermen have set an Oct. 8 referendum for a proposed tax on hotel and motel stays that could generate thousands of dollars for the city.

Voters will be asked to approve a tax of $2 per night, and 60 percent of voters must approve.

The Commercial Appeal reports the referendum, if approved, would rectify a situation dating to 2002, when state legislators approved a four-year tax for the city. The legislation was renewed in 2006, but another extension was not considered in 2010 and the tax therefore expired even though city officials continued to collect It.

Lawmakers this past session approved new legislation authorizing a hotel-motel tax pending a referendum and made it retroactive.

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