Tourism tax passes with 76%

By CHARLIE SMITH,

Applause erupted from tourism tax supporters Monday night at City Hall as Mayor Justin McKenzie announced 76 percent of voters had approved the referendum.

Just 60 percent was needed, clearing the way for a 3 percent sales tax on restaurants and hotels that is expected to take effect July 1.



City to buy garbage truck

By CHARLIE SMITH,

Columbia aldermen are expected to buy a garbage truck Tuesday after opening bids this week, the latest step in the city taking back over trash pickup.

The board took four bids under advisement at a special meeting Wednesday to allow time to sort out differences in prices, buyback provisions and types of trucks.



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