Tishomingo County voters on Tuesday soundly rejected a proposed tourism tax to be collected county-wide on restaurant sales.
Complete election returns show “for” votes totaling 672 (33.8 percent) and against votes totaling 1,316 (66.2 percent). The referendum needed 60 percent in favor to pass.
Turnout was 1,988, just 16 percent of the county’s active voters. It was a gray, rainy day as residents headed to the polls, and Circuit Clerk Donna Dill noted that just one item on the ballot tends to draw a low turnout.
The 2 percent tax, which would have supported tourism promotion and projects for development of parks and recreation, would have been collected in addition to the 7 percent sales tax.
A similar effort failed five years ago. Supporters of the tax felt there hadn’t been enough effort made to promote the benefits of a tourism tax during that campaign, and a committee was appointed by the Board of Supervisors to disseminate information to the community.