Pascagoula could soon set vote on food tax

Pascagoula could soon set vote on food tax

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Pascagoula city leaders are working on a plan to improve the city's parks.

We're told by a city councilman the estimated cost to upgrade city ballparks is $10 million. And funding for the improvements comes from a two percent prepared food tax. But only if Pascagoula voters approve the idea.

Thursday, the council will hear a presentation from the committee that wants to enhance what Pascagoula offers its children.

Councilman Scott Tipton serves on the committee researching the parks' plan. He says a $10 million bond will pay for initial upgrades to the city's soccer complex, upgrades to the skate park and either finance a new baseball softball complex at the Bel Aire Shopping Center, or cover renovation costs at the city's current field on Tucker Street and 12th Street.

When will Pascagoula voters be asked to vote on this referendum? Depending on how Thursday's meeting goes, Tipton said it could be held as soon as May 10.

Tipton thinks the 4pm presentation will help his committee and the council establish a timeline to push the parks project forward.

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