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Natchez board talks convention center expansion, tax increase; vote expected next week

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NATCHEZ, Mississippi — The Natchez Board of Aldermen is expected to decide next week whether to seek an increase in the local tourism tax to finance an expansion of the city convention center.

The Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/1B8PCHt ) convention center officials are asking for more than $400,000 for the expansion.

Center manager Walter Tipton wants to add more conference room space in what would be an overall 20 percent expansion of the facility.

Tipton says 13 conferences, which will house more than 500 people, will need supplementary space over the next three years.

Tipton says the first step would be to get additional funds to provide for the expansion.

The city now collects a tourism tax on hotel stays and sales at restaurants.

The Legislature would have to approve a tourism tax increase.


Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/

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