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Governments agree on dividing tax, ending months-long fight

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - Officials in a northeast Mississippi county have resolved a dispute over how the county's 2-percent tax on restaurant sales should be split.

The Commercial Dispatch reports that the city of Columbus, Lowndes County and tourism officials have agreed to the plan after a months-long dispute.

Legislators must vote to renew the tax this year or else it would expire June 30. Lawmakers were seeking agreement among local agencies.

The levy brings in about $2 million a year countywide.

Under terms of the deal, the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau will send up to $400,000 a year to the city of Columbus, with most of the money going for park improvements.

Golden Triangle Development Link, an industrial development agency, will get $250,000 annually, instead of 15 percent.

Information from: The Commercial Dispatch,

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