Recently, Eric Swanson with The Ada News has reported on how the hotel tax revenue has been spent by the county. All proceeds had been spent on the Agri-Plex and advertising the activities held there. Although voters might look at this spending and view it a bit narrow, spending this tax revenue only on the Agri-Plex is exactly what voters approved in 2006.
The original proposition states that 5 percent hotel tax should go: “100 percent to the Pontotoc County Agri-Plex for maintenance, operation, promote, encourage, and develop tourism and recreational activities beneficial to Pontotoc County.”
Christine Pappas, J.D., Ph. D., is professor of political science coordinator, Department of Political Science, East Central University.