Vicksburg mayor suggests January election on local tax to fund sports complex

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VICKSBURG, Mississippi — Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs is suggesting an election be held in January on a local tourism tax to fund a new sports complex.

The Vicksburg Post reports (http://bit.ly/1PgJmrY ) the referendum will be on whether to levy up to a 2 percent sales tax on hotel room rentals and food and beverage sales in the city.

The city has not yet selected a site for the sportsplex. Flaggs says a January date would give officials time to select a location.

The city is looking at 270 acres of land with baseball and softball fields, 15 soccer fields, 10 tennis courts, basketball and volleyball courts and a building with indoor pool.

Gov. Phil Bryant recently signed a bill that authorizes the city to levy the tax if voters approve.


Information from: The Vicksburg Post, http://www.vicksburgpost.com

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