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Voters approve 3% tourism tax | Free news

Laurel voters overwhelmingly approved a 3 percent tax on hotels and other short-term rentals, the proceeds of which will be used to boost tourism in the city.

Seventy-three percent of voters – 508 in all – were in favor of the tax, while 27 percent (187) voted against, as the tourist tax won six of the city’s seven districts. Mayor Johnny Magee said Tuesday’s 73 percent tourism tax approval by Laurel citizens proves they want to continue fueling the city’s growing tourism industry.

“We thank our legislative leaders for all of their hard work in Jackson getting this in place, and we thank the citizens for agreeing to our plans to boost tourism in our city,” Magee said. “We appreciate the trust placed in us.”

Magee said he was confident that those who want the city to continue to thrive will be happy with the outcome of this referendum.

Funds raised from the tax will be used to help fund the creation of a reception center and museum of the city’s history and culture at the Interstate 59 exit at Leontyne Price Boulevard at the beginning of the so-called “Gateway to the Downtown Project.”

City clerk Mary Ann Hess said there were no major problems with voting other than people not knowing which precinct to vote in.

“This is a city election and those who voted had to go to a different precinct than last week’s election, which caused some confusion,” she said.


TOURISM TAX

RESULTS

Charm against

Ward 1………43 ………..23

Ward 2 ….. 131 ……….. 25

Ward 3 ……129 ………..30

Ward 4………20 ………..28

Ward 5……….66 ………..26

Ward 6………74 ………..19

Ward 7………45 ………..36

Total 508 187

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