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City looks to lawmakers for $2.5M to finish amphitheater

October 27, 2018

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi city hopes to finish an amphitheater in the next 18 months, but is looking to lawmakers for state money or permission to resume collecting a tax.

Columbus City Engineer Kevin Stafford tells The Commercial Dispatch that the city built a stage using $3.2 million lawmakers borrowed and gave to Columbus.

But another $2.5 million is needed to build 1,100 hard-backed seats, fencing, restrooms, concession stands and ticket booths.

City officials hope lawmakers will borrow more money for remaining work. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jeff Smith, a Columbus Republican, says the city could also use money from a renewed 2 percent restaurant tax. The previous tax expired after officials disagreed on renewal terms.

The amphitheater is named for late state Sen. Terry Brown, who died in 2014.


Information from: The Commercial Dispatch, http://www.cdispatch.com

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