SALTILLO, Miss. (WTVA) -- If your city needs more money, would you help them out?
Saltillo city officials believe local residents should be asked permission to impose an additional sales tax to fund special projects.
They and a number of other cities across the state are calling on the Mississippi Legislature to pass a bill that would allow citizens of a municipality the option of voting on a local sales tax.
The purpose of this legislation would be to locally fund projects without impacting the state general fund budget.
Saltillo Mayor Bill Williams says there are a number of projects that need to be carried out in the town including road work and park improvements.
"The Citizens for Economic Development Act, if it is passed, has a maximum of one percent sales tax increase. When you look at our sales tax revenue and you extrapolate that over time and the amount our project is gonna cost us, it would have taken ten years instead of five years," Mayor Bill Williams said.
Mayor Williams says the tax would be for a fixed period of time.
Passage would require approval by 60 percent of voters.