October 11, 2018 10:36:03 AM
JACKSON -- A watchdog group says 68 cities and 14 counties in Mississippi are collecting local taxes on hotel stays and restaurant meals, for purposes such as promoting tourism or development.
Legislators this year authorized another six cities to levy such taxes, and cities could begin collecting them if local voters approve.
The findings are in a report released Wednesday by the Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review, or PEER.
The only way for any city or county to set a local tax is to get permission from the Legislature. For years, the Mississippi Municipal League has asked lawmakers to change the case-by-case procedure and allow a general option for a local sales tax.
Critics say people who travel from other areas pay local sales taxes without receiving benefits.
2. 'Living their best lives': Gautreau boys, with Darth Vader toy in-hand, happily add to State's luck in Omaha STARKVILLE & OKTIBBEHA COUNTY
4. Forever a Mississippi man: Aberdeen native, former MSU assistant leads Auburn against his former team in Omaha STARKVILLE & OKTIBBEHA COUNTY
5. Bullets from private gun range crossing public road COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY