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Scott hotel tax resolution

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Scott Mayor Purvis Morrison says the Scott City Council on Tuesday is to sign a resolution supporting legislation that would allow the city to levy an up to 5% hotel motel tax. The city council meeting is at Scott City Hall at 10:00am Tuesday.

Mayor Morrison says the proposed tax will require voter approval, before the council can put it on the ballot. "We're not going to automatically go out to the voters this year. It might be next year or the next few years," explains the mayor.

Morrison says the tax would help pay for parks and recreation, economic development or even a 4-H Agricultural Multi- Purpose Community Center possibly along Interstate 10. 

"Understand we can fuel more people into the community. We can build that multi-purpose facility. Can you imagine Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sundays what type of event we could have," says Mayor Morrison.

Large venues are known to attract thousands of people to an area. Morrison explains it would be the hotels that would benefit. In fact, Scott has three of hotels. He the plan would be to put the tax out in phases.

"We have a KOA and few bed and breakfast it would affect, but we're making sure we're not just going to come in and drop a 5% increase on these people."

The mayor says the hotel occupancy tax wouldn't affect Scott residents, because the people who live in Scott are less likely to use the hotels. Morrison says it's a perfect opportunity for travelers and visitors to help residents support future projects. 

"When the time comes. If projects don't come, we're not going to put more money in the coffer for no reason," adds Morrison.

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