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Local Option Tax Bill Moves Forward

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A Mississippi House committee has given municipal officials what they’ve wanted for more than 20 years – a chance at passage of a local options sales tax.

The House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday approved a bill for a 1 percent local sales tax as a way to build parks, improve water systems and get crumbling streets back into shape.

Legislators have resisted local tax proposals for years.

House Bill 523 provides a local sales tax could be set only if there’s a city election and at least 60 percent of voters approve.

The bill would require cities and towns to spell out in any sales tax proposal to voters what the money – if approved – would be spent on.