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City leaders want to boost Horn Lake economy with hotel-motel tax

As many storefronts and lots in Horn Lake remain empty, city leaders have not given up on boosting the city's economy. As many storefronts and lots in Horn Lake remain empty, city leaders have not given up on boosting the city's economy.

(WMC-TV) - DeSoto County is Mississippi's fastest growing county, and while Southaven has thrived with retail stores and restaurants the city of Horn Lake has struggled.

As many storefronts and lots in Horn Lake remain empty, city leaders have not given up on boosting the city's economy.

The city is trying to fill the spaces with new business to keep up with the growth of Southaven and Olive Branch. Tourists could help fund these projects by staying in the city's hotels if residents pass a $2 dollar tax Tuesday.

"It's going down hill a little bit when Southaven's starting to boom. We need to bring more businesses into Horn Lake," said Horn Lake resident Jennifer Baker.

Just on the other side of Interstate 55, the city of Southaven just topped 50,000 people and Olive Branch was recently named the fastest growing city in the country.

Horn Lake mayor Allen Lattimer says a proposed hotel-motel tax could help keep up with the growth.

"It's strictly to help build up our community through recruiting business to come in here," he said.

On Tuesday people will vote to decide whether to tax people staying in city hotels and motels $2 dollars per night. The money will be used to recruit new development to try and fill up empty lots.

"We don't want all the vacant places and stuff like that," said resident Sylvia Isbell.

There are a few new projects underway. The city is considering hiring retail consultants if the tax passes to help jump start a growth spurt. It is something people say is way overdue.

"We could bring more businesses and get more people here," said Baker.

Voting starts at 7 a.m. Tuesday and ends at 7 p.m. Click here for voting locations.

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