The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors and Columbus City Council passed matching resolutions during special meetings Wednesday for a new restaurant sales tax proposal on the eve of a special session of the Mississippi Legislature.
The odds of getting a new restaurant sales tax in Columbus in place by the end of the year appear to have gotten longer as a dispute between the city and county over a separate issue continues.
The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau isn’t dead, but it is in intensive care, CVB Board of Trustees president DeWitt Hicks said Monday.
The fate of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau beyond the end of the year may depend on whether Gov. Phil Bryant calls a special session of the Legislature.
The Dispatch has submitted a public records complaint to the Mississippi Ethics Commission against the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau alleging the CVB failed to provide requested payroll documents and excessively charged the newspaper for what was provided.
The chickens are coming home to roost.
Tuesday, The Dispatch filed a complaint with the Mississippi Ethics Commission against the Columbus-Lowndes Convention & Visitors Bureau.
John and Ana were enjoying their Independence Day breakfast at McDonald’s on Highway 45 in Columbus when they were alerted to the fact that they may have been overcharged for their meal.
On the same day the City of Columbus issued a reminder to restaurants they should not collect a 2-percent restaurant sales tax after June 30, the body most affected by that change delayed discussion plans for dealing with it.
Even as the Columbus Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau still works on a revised budget to stay in operation through the end of the year, organizers for two of the nine festivals the CVB helps fund have announced they will cancel this year’s event.