- Associated Press - Saturday, November 26, 2016

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Savannah officials are proposing a tourist-based fee that would help pay for extra police patrols and property maintenance downtown. It would also help pay for uniformed guides already working in the historic district.

A fee of 25 cents would apply to purchases of $10 or more, with the exception of groceries, gasoline and services.

The Savannah Morning News reports (https://bit.ly/2gt8Bbk ) city officials will seek legislators’ permission to set the fee.

Mayor Eddie DeLoach says many residents don’t want property taxes to address a “tourist” issue, and the fee would prevent that by having visitors pay most of the costs.

The Savannah Downtown Business Association has supported the fee, although Alderman Julian Miller said he has heard from some business owners who have questions and concerns.

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