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Hattiesburg City Council Asks Legislators for Hotel Tax Extension

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HATTIESBURG -- If Jackson legislators approve, the City of Hattiesburg could continue collecting a tax from local hotels.

"It's been in effect as long as I've been mayor," Hattiesburg Johnny DuPree said.

And if the city council has their way, the legislation allowing Hattiesburg to collect 2 percent of the tourism tax from hotels will continue.

"Every four years or before the end of the four years you have to get an extension approved by the legislator to continue that tax," DuPree said. 

The funds go to the Convention and Visitor's Bureau.

"It goes to help support things like our Saenger Theatre, the zoo, African American Military Museum, Eureka," DuPree said.  "It does a whole lot of things. It supports those efforts that we have here in the city."

The low tax makes it affordable for visitors to stay in Hattiesburg where they, in turn, spend money on food, shopping and other activities, raising millions for Hattiesburg's tourism industry each year.

"In past years, it's pretty significant," DuPree said.  "I don't know the exact amount because that actually goes to the Convention and Visitor's Bureau."

The city's current extension runs out in June.

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