Columbia 3% tax referendum passes with 76% of vote

Columbia 3% tax referendum passes with 76% of vote
Columbia held a special election for a proposed tourism tax on May 6. The referendum passed with 76 percent of the vote. (Source: WDAM)

COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) - Residents in the city of Columbia headed to the polls on Monday to vote to raise the sales tax for restaurants and hotels by three percent.

The results are as followed:

• 531 voted in favor (76 percent)

• 168 voted against (24 percent)

The revenue from the tax increase is expected to bring an additional $750,000 for recreation and infrastructure projects. It would expire in 2023 but can be renewed.

Live results announcement.

Posted by Move Columbia Forward on Monday, May 6, 2019

The tax increase will go into effect on July 1.

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