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DuPree Pushes For 1 Percent Sales Tax Raise

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DuPree Pushes For Sales Tax Raise DuPree Pushes For Sales Tax Raise

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree wants to raise sales taxes 1 percent. He said this could provide the city with as much as $10 million extra dollars a year.

The initiative, "Progress Hattiesburg,"  was not approved through state legislation in 2007 when it was first introduced.

DuPree says we wants to explore the possibility again.

The tax would be applied to selected retail items.

The mayor says the extra money would help the city with some of its expenses ,without having to raise ad valorem taxes, which are taxes based on real estate or personal property.

"One cent on a dollar, that's not a lot to ask for" DuPree said. "If you spend $100, that's only $1 of additional tax,"

DuPree said they would like to use the money for city upgrades.

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