- Associated Press - Saturday, April 18, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - That shrimp po’ boy in Pascagoula or that hotel room in Houston will cost a bit extra because of local tourism taxes that legislators approved for those cities - as they did for many other communities around the state.

Tourism taxes were among the many issues that legislators approved as “local and private” bills during the 2015 session.

Unlike general bills that affect the entire state, local and private bills give legislators a chance to authorize taxes, donations or other issues that affect only one community. State law requires local governments to seek approval from the state for certain financial matters, and legislators typically pass dozens of local and private bills a year, usually without controversy.

This year, for example, they voted to let Monroe County establish a beautification committee.

They said Tallahatchie County can help the city of Charleston build and equip a recreation center.

They voted to let Lauderdale County pay for a jail ministry program from money that inmates, or their families, pay to use a telephone service.

After cities and counties receive legislative permission to set a tourism tax, they typically have to return to the Capitol every few years to get permission to keep the tax. Several sought and received such permission this year, and other cities and counties will be back to request extensions of the tax in other years.

Here are city tourism taxes passed by the House and Senate during the 2015 session. Most have been signed into law by the governor, and one has a Monday deadline for his decision:

Baldwyn: Senate Bill 2835 extends a 2 percent tourism tax on hotels, motels and restaurants.

Grenada: House Bill 1425 extends a 1 percent tourism tax on hotels, motels and restaurants.

Houston: Senate Bill 2912 creates a tourism tax of up to 1 percent hotels, motels and restaurants.

Jackson: Senate Bill 2910 extends a 1 percent tourism tax on hotels, motels and restaurants.

Pascagoula: Senate Bill 2904 extends a 2 percent tourism tax on restaurants.

Starkville: House Bill 1664 extends a 2 percent tourism tax on restaurants.

Vicksburg: Senate Bill 2926 would create a 2 percent tourism tax on hotels, motels and restaurants. The governor has until Monday to sign or veto it.

Here are county tourism taxes approved by legislators and signed by the governor this session:

Jackson County: House Bill 1672 creates a new 2 percent tourism tax on hotels and motels.

Washington County: Senate Bill 2923 extends a 2 percent tax on hotels and motels.

Here are other local taxes approved by legislators and signed by the governor this session:

Humphreys County: House Bill 1670 authorizes Humphreys County to take on up to $1.4 million in long-term debt to repay taxes collected in error.

Sunflower County: Senate Bill 2918 authorizes Sunflower County to take on up to $400,000 in long-term debt to repay taxes collected in error.

Washington County: House Bill 1436 creates a property tax to support fire protection districts.

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Online: Local and private bills: https://bit.ly/1cDiVv6

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