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Two Mississippi cities approve tax increases for parks, tourism

PEARL, Miss. (AP) — Voters in two Mississippi cities have approved a sales tax to raise money to provide tourism services.

Voters in Pearl have approved a 1 percent sales tax increase on restaurant bills and a 3 percent tax on hotel bills.
Pearl Mayor Jake Windham said the money will be used for a new pavilion at a city park. Some money will also be used to improve baseball fields and playground equipment. Windham says that will help with economic development.

In Richland, voters approved a 2 percent increase on food and beverages and a 3 percent increase on hotel bills. That money will go to the parks and recreation system and to promote tourism in the area.