Absentee vote tally remains on West Point tourism tax

By The Associated Press

WEST POINT — West Point officials will count absentee ballots before declaring that a proposed tourism tax increase has passed.

About 60.3 percent of those voting Saturday approved the proposal to raise the hotel, food and beverage tax from 1 percent to 2 percent. Tax issues require approval from 60 percent of voters.

City Clerk Lela Jack says the results will not be certified until Wednesday after absentee ballots are counted.

The money will be used primarily to fund improvements for the West Point parks and recreation facilities as well as for entertainment.

That will include things like soccer fields and tennis courts or whatever city leaders determined need to be done to improve tourism.