Youth baseball facility seen as boost for economy

May 10, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

Brandon Mayor Butch Lee

BRANDON – (AP) Brandon Mayor Butch Lee is proposing a 2 percent additional tax on food and beverage sales at local restaurants to pay for a multi-field complex focused on baseball.

He says the goals are to allow the city’s Shiloh Park to convert more to soccer and girls fast-pitch softball.

He tells The Clarion-Ledger that a sportsplex would put his city in a position to host major regional youth sports tournaments.

Town Hall meetings are scheduled for June 4 and 6.

Lee pictures Brandon as a travel destination for youth sports, akin to Birmingham and Southaven.

Brandon voters would have to approve the tourism tax in a referendum.

Lee says people don’t mind taxes as long as they know where their tax money is being spent.