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Horn Lake hotel tax referendum Oct. 8

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Horn Lake, Miss., is looking into a hotel tourism tax to help boost the city's economic development fund and the referendum will be on the Oct. 8 special election.

There are a lot of people who spend the night in Horn Lake from time to time. The city gets a lot of business from sports and a lot of people just passing through and stopping as they leave Memphis. This is not the first time this tax has been voted on and passed in Horn Lake.

Mayor Allen Latimer said the proposed tax will only affect those who live in Horn Lake in a positive way. It will not hit residents in the wallet.

The tax is $2 per night per room. It's not levied on the population, not on the citizens of Horn Lake unless they stay in one of the hotel rooms and we have fine hotels or motels and invite you to come spend the night.
 
Mr. Latimer says while many may not see the city of Horn Lake as a tourism hotspot, but it does gets its share of visitors.
 
"Well, one big draw we have are the baseball tournaments," the mayor said. "We have a big baseball tournament here, we have our baseball tournaments and we attract a lot of people."
 
Mayor Latimer said the city has had a hotel tourism tax in the past, and let it lapse. The hope is it would draw a substantial amount of dollars to the city. About 60-percent of it would go into the city's economic development fund.

"Hopefully anywhere from $8,000-$10,000 a month," he said. "It really helps our city and like I said it's not a direct tax burden on any of our citizens."

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