Brookhaven to vote on 2 percent hotel tax

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 7, 2014 at 3:01 pm •  Published: July 7, 2014

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — Brookhaven voters are deciding whether to set a 2 percent tax hotel tax to pay for tourism promotion.

The election is Tuesday. The Daily Leader reports (http://bit.ly/1m8uH2k ) that the tax, if approved, would be imposed on overnight stays at hotels or bed-and-breakfast inns with six or more rooms.

Alderman David Phillips estimates the tax could generate $100,000 to $120,000 a year. It would pay for tourism advertising and marketing and could be used for projects such as bicycle paths and walking trails.

Cities need legislative approval to consider setting local tourism taxes.