Proposed plan would increase taxes to fund sports facilities in Branson

Branson, MO -- Voters in Branson could be asked to decide whether or not to pay more for food and beverages in the tourist town.

A plan presented during the Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday explained that the tax increase would help pay for sports development.

The more than $14 million project would include more fields and a new gym at the RecPlex.

One Sports Funding and Development Advisory Task Force member says research has shown that the city isn't keeping up with the demand for these kinds of facilities.

"There are a number of facilities where we are lacking as far as number of fields, turfed fields, distances of fields, and I'm specifically talking to ball and bat, but also soccer fields, indoor facilities for basketball and volleyball and indoor sports," Sports Funding and Development Advisory Task Force Member Ty Lewis said.

The current food and beverage tax is one half cent. This plan would raise the tax to one cent.

The Board of Aldermen will have the final say on whether or not to place this proposed tax on the November ballot.

The first reading of the issue could be placed on the Board of Aldermen agenda in July.

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