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Houston voters approve tourism tax

Houston voters have approved a tourism tax by a roughly 50-vote margin.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports voters cast 435 ballots Tuesday for the proposed 2 percent tax and 196 voted against it for a 68.93 percent margin for the measure. The revenue referendum needed 60 percent approval to pass.

This was Houston’s second attempt to pass the tax with last August’s vote failing by just three votes.

Mayor Stacey Parker says the city has a three-year plan and list of projects and items the tourism tax will be spent on and will form a 15-member tourism advisory committee to help aldermen with future projects.

The referendum will now levy a 2-percent tax on restaurants and motels. The tax is expected to raise approximately $160,000 annually.


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