More Mississippi Cities Taxing Travellers

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — The watchdog Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review group says 68 cities and 14 counties in Mississippi are collecting local taxes on hotel stays and restaurant meals for promoting tourism or development. This year the state legislature authorized another six cities to levy those taxes pending voter approvals. Cities and counties must get permission from the Legislature to set local taxes. For years, the Mississippi Municipal League has asked lawmakers to change the case-by-case procedure and allow a general option for a local sales tax. Critics say people who travel from other areas pay local sales taxes without receiving benefits.


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