- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) - McComb officials are debating whether to approve a 1 percent food and beverage tax that would go toward the city’s parks and recreation department.

Some officials said Tuesday that they would oppose the proposed tax because the city has more pressing budgetary concerns, The Enterprise-Journal reported (http://bit.ly/1ItyeFz ). If approved by the city board and the Legislature, the tax would then have to be favored by two-thirds of city voters.

McComb Mayor Whitney Rawlings said he’s in favor of the tax because the city needs more revenue for it to fix bumpy streets and hire more firefighters and police officers.

“The city needs revenue and that is the bottom line,” Rawlings said.

Deputy City Administrator Janice Dillon said money from the general fund that previously had been earmarked for the Parks and Recreation Department could, thanks to the tax, be used to address other needs.

Dillon said she estimates the tax could provide the city with an additional $500,000 in its first year.

Selectman Ted Tullos said he can’t support a tax that will go to parks when the city has other needs.

Other selectmen expressed similar concerns, saying that while the city needs revenue, they were unsure if a tax for parks and recreation would see much support.

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Information from: Enterprise-Journal, http://www.enterprise-journal.com

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