An election has been officially set for Booneville voters to decide on a proposed tourism tax.
Booneville Aldermen have approved a resolution setting a referendum on the tax to coincide with the city general election on June 6.
Sixty percent of voters casting ballots must vote in favor of the tax for it to pass and become law.
If approved by voters, the tax would add a 2 percent additional charge on motels and hotels and on food purchased in restaurants. The bill authorizing the vote requires the funds generated by the tax to be used “to promote tourism and parks and recreation in the city”.
Funds from the tax must be kept separate from the city’s general fund and cannot be spent on payment of any legal fees or salaries.
The bill also requires all records of revenue and expenditures from the funds generated by the tax to be audited each year by an independent certified public accountant other than the one who audits the city’s general fund. The report of the audit must be provided to the city as well as to each member of the state House of Representatives and Senate representing the city.