Pascagoula officials to propose two new taxes


There has been a lot of confusion on social media on recent legislative proposals for the City of Pascagoula.

City officials recently asked the state legislature’s permission to propose two new taxes. One is the hotel/motel tax which allows a tax to be applied to visitors or tourists.

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The second tax is called a ‘local option’ tax which is a one percent sales tax that allows citizens to vote on projects for the city. Pascagoula Community Relations Director Lauri-Ellen Smith said, “Number one: the bed tax, we have lost revenue because it expired in 2017. While it does not have a direct impact on residents who live here it really helps us bring fourth projects and programming that are helpful to putting eyes on Pascagoula as a great place to work, live, and play.”

None of these taxes have been approved. If these proposals do get approved, it’s most likely that members of the community will be able to vote through a referendum in November.