CATEGORY: Alcorn County
Corinth, Alcorn push for tourism aid
By Jane Clark Summers
Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
CORINTH - The Alcorn County Board of Supervisors and Corinth Board of Aldermen on Monday voted to ask the Mississippi Legislature to pass two private and local bills to support joint city-county projects: one that promotes tourism and the other that fights crime.
The deadline for passage of private and local bills is Saturday.
One bill would extend the expiration date for a 2 percent tourism tax on prepared food and lodgings in Corinth. The Legislature approved the 2 percent tax two years ago at the request of the government agencies but imposed a four-year expiration date.
Local governing agencies are asking the Legislature to eliminate the repealer or in the alternative to extend the tourism tax until such time as anticipated indebtedness is paid off. The current tourism bill is set to expire Dec. 31, 1999.
Half of the proceeds of the 2 percent tax is earmarked for construction, operation and maintenance of a multipurpose facility. The 8,000-seat convention center is expected to be under construction by June and completed by next summer. The projected cost of the 130,000-square-foot center is $5 million.
A $500,000 state grant and a portion of the 2 percent tourism tax will be used to back a general obligation bond issue proposed to finance the project.
The city and county are requesting that the tourism tax be extended to cover the period of outstanding debt on the facility.
Corinth and Alcorn County recently became partners in Crime Stoppers of Northeast Mississippi. Numerous crimes have been solved by Crime Stoppers, which advertises particular crimes on television and in newspaper articles.
Through the program, rewards are offered for confidential information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons committing crimes in the Northeast Mississippi area. A toll-free number is provided for the public to report tips to the crime information clearinghouse.
The reward system is funded by proceeds of a $1 assessment tacked on to fines assessed in city and county courts. Supervisors and aldermen passed resolutions Monday requesting the Legislature to authorize collection of the assessment.
County representatives on the Crime Stoppers board include: Doris Baker, Lanny Rhodes and Phyllis Keith-Young. City representatives are Greg Cooley, Patrick Phillips and Dr. Shelby Reid.