Delta city petitioning lawmakers to extend tourism tax

GREENWOOD — The city of Greenwood is asking the Legislature to reauthorize of the local tourism tax.

The 1 percent tax on lodging and restaurants funds the Greenwood Convention and Visitors Bureau. The tax would expire at the end of September without legislative reauthorization.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports Paige Hunt, executive director of the CVB, told the city council that the tax generates about $400,000 annually.

The tourism tax was last renewed in 2011. Under the renewal, the CVB was required to add representatives of Greenwood’s lodging and restaurant associations to its board as well as a representative of Mississippi Valley State University.

The law required that contracts for professional services be advertised and that minority participation be considered in the awarding of such contracts.

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