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Voters say no to new tax for recreational development

GAUTIER — The Gautier recreation department will not be getting any improvements. At least not right now. The Sun Herald reports residents voted down a referendum Tuesday in a special election to levy a 2 percent tax on hotels, motels and prepared food and beverages. The referendum received only 54 percent of vote. It needed 60 percent to pass. Mayor ...

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Another city approves liquor sales at restaurants

BRANDON — Liquor will flow in Brandon. The Clarion-Ledger reports voters yesterday approved a referendum that will allow liquor sales within the city limits. Including absentee ballots, 3,051 voters said yes and 1,190 said no. As a cost-saving measure, all six wards voted in City Hall and paper ballots were used. Brandon is the seventh city to approve liquor sales ...

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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 ...

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City wants lodging tax; money collected in error placed in escrow

HORN LAKE — Horn Lake hopes to get the ball rolling soon on a referendum for a hotel-motel tax that could generate thousands of dollars in revenue without taxing residents. The referendum is the latest chapter in the troubled history of the city’s hotel-motel tax, which dates back to 2002. State legislators approved a four-year tax and renewed it in ...

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Opponents of recreational bonds fail to get needed signatures

MERIDIAN — Opponents to a $14-million bond issue in Lauderdale County have fallen short of their goal to force a countywide election on the proposal. The Meridian Star reports the county circuit clerk completed the process of verifying signatures on a petition Wednesday. Circuit Clerk Donna Jill Johnson says there were 1,338 valid signatures that could be counted. At least ...

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Mayor wants 'trial run' of hotel/restaurant tax next month

GAUTIER — At the end of the this week’s Gautier City Council meeting, Mayor Tommy Fortenberry made a motion to use the June 4 ballot as a “trial run” for the 2 percent tax-levy issue. Fortenberry said he was concerned at the low turnout of the primary election and wants to make sure residents are fully educated on the issue. ...

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Aldermen give nod to new liquor ordinance

NEW ALBANY — Aldermen have passed the ordinance that will implement the sale of wine and liquor on June 6. Mayor Tim Kent says the ordinance states that New Albany will follow the state’s regulations. City attorney Regan Russell tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal the ordinance is to take effective date at least 30 days from its adoption, which would ...

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Residents to vote on liquor sales during general election

PHILADELPHIA — A citywide referendum on liquor sales will appear on the June 4 general election ballot in Philadelphia. The Neshoba Democrat reports the board of aldermen set the date after being presented with a petition with 1,014 names certified in the city clerk’s office. State law allows county seats and towns of more than 5,000 people to vote separately ...

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Voters say yes to in-city liquor/wine sales

NEW ALBANY — Voters have approved the sale of liquor and wine within the New Albany city limits. Complete but unofficial returns show 57 percent of those voting approved the sale of liquor in Tuesday’s special election. State law allows county seats and towns of more than 5,000 people to vote separately from their surrounding counties on legalizing wine and ...

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One city rejects liquor, another works on newly passed law

ASHLAND and CORINTH — One Northeast Mississippi city’s voters have voted down legalized liquor sales while another city’s leaders have started exploring their community’s new liquor law. Ashland voters have rejected a proposal to legalize the sale of liquor inside the city limits. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports 120 voters cast ballots against the proposal, while 109 voted in ...

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