Columbia to hold special election on tourism tax

Columbia to hold special election on tourism tax

COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) - Voters in Columbia will decide whether the city will have a new tourism tax.

A special election is being held May 6 on a 3 percent increase in sales tax for restaurants and hotels.

Those who favor it say it will bring an additional $750,000 for recreation and infrastructure projects.

It would expire in 2023, but can be renewed.

“I look at it as I’m going to pay three more cents per dollar to buy a hamburger downtown and in the grand scheme of things, in a year’s time, that’s nothing compared to having a sportsplex, having wonderful parks, and controlling the flooding on Main Street,” said Janet Breakfield, owner of Jan Marie’s Upscale Flea Market on Main Street.

“I was really on the fence and leaning toward my libertarian, ‘don’t tax me anymore than you already are,’” said Columbia resident Andrea Morris.

But, after speaking to city officials and learning that the tax will expire in 2023, she now says she’s considering voting for it.

“For five years, I think it’s an investment worth making."

If approved, the tax will go into effect on July 1.

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