Hattiesburg wants new tax on hotels, restaurants

Hattiesburg wants new tax on hotels, restaurants

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The City of Hattiesburg is seeking permission from state lawmakers to increase sales taxes on local hotels and restaurants. 

The city council voted unanimously Friday to adopt a resolution requesting the state legislature to enact local and private legislation that would allow the city to begin the process of enacting an additional 1 percent sales tax, which would be used for parks and recreation and to promote tourism. 

Half of the revenue would go to The University of Southern Mississippi to help the university upgrade its athletic facilities, particularly Reed Green Coliseum. 

If the legislature gives its go-ahead, Hattiesburg voters would then have to approve the tax increase in a referendum. 

Hub City hotels and restaurants are already paying an additional 2 percent sales tax to help tourism. 

Those taxes were originally approved in the 1990s.

You can view the full resolution below: