Columbia officials, community leaders react to sales tax vote

Columbia officials, community leaders react to sales tax vote
Columbia city leaders say a new tourism tax, approved by voters Monday, will bring in an additional $750,000 in revenue annually. (Source: WDAM)

COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) - A new sports complex is one step closer to reality after voters in Columbia gave their thumbs up to a 3 percent tourism tax.

City and community leaders say a sportsplex, along with other recreational and downtown infrastructure projects, can now be completed after voters approved that sales tax increase on hotels and restaurants Monday.

They say a committee will be formed to help prioritize city projects to be funded with the extra revenue.

“We’ve got to finalize putting a committee together that’s going to assist us with kind of like a steering committee, an advisory committee, folks that are extended arms into the community to consult with,” said Mayor Justin McKenzie.

“This 3 percent tourism tax is not just going to become an additional funding source, it’s going to give us the exponential growth that we need to see our downtown move at light speed,” said Nik Ingram, Director of Main Street Columbia, Inc.

The tax will likely go into effect July 1. McKenzie estimates that will bring in an additional $750,000 in revenue annually.

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