- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - A proposed 2 percent occupancy tax to be levied in Jackson County has the support of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau board.

The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1zQrl9d ) leaders with the organization had already made such a pitch to the Jackson County Board of Supervisors last week. Supervisors asked the officials to check with Jackson County hotel owners to see whether they also supported the tax.

Convention & Visitors Bureau board members passed a resolution in support of the tax at their last meeting. Jackson County supervisors have not yet voted on the issue.

Harrison and Hancock counties have heads-on-beds taxes in place that raise money to support the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Jackson County does not.

Pascagoula, Moss Point and Ocean Springs have lodging taxes in their municipal areas. That money does not go to the Gulf Coast group.

Officials have said the 2 percent tax would bring in between $600,000 and $700,000 to help fund the tourism effort.

If approved by lawmakers and voters, the local occupancy tax would rise to 5 percent since it would be tacked on to existing room taxes. If passed, occupancy taxes would be 5 percent in Pascagoula and Moss Point, 4 percent in Ocean Springs and 2 percent in Gautier plus the unincorporated areas of Jackson County.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com

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