Bay St. Louis votes on food and beverage sales tax

Bay St. Louis residents will be heading to the polls today to vote on a proposed two percent food and beverage sales tax increase.

It will take 60 percent of the vote to pass. City officials proposed the increase to help raise money for parks and recreation facilities and tourism throughout Bay St. Louis.

Thirty-nine other cities in our state have a similar tax, including Coast cities. How would this increase affect food and beverage purchases in the city if it passes? If you purchase a cup of coffee for $3, you’ll be paying an extra six cents in tax on it.

Anyone registered in the city can vote on the measure today. Voters we spoke with this morning had mixed opinions. Resident Bill Laprime said, “I think it’s going to help tourism and help the city. I know a lot of people that don’t like it, but I think it will be pretty good. I’ve been living here for 27 years now. Everybody else does it so why can’t it help us out?”

Resident Ralph Holiman said, “I believe in that old saying ‘you tax what you want to destroy’ and I just think that if you want less people to go eat out at the restaurants then you make it more expensive.”

Polls will close at 7 p.m. Be sure to tune into News 25 at 9 and 10 where we will have a recap of this vote.

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