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Jun 24, 2013 9:21 AM by AP/CS

Youngsville to put hotel stay tax up to voters

YOUNGSVILLE, La. (AP) - Youngsville voters will decide Oct. 19 whether to levy a 4 percent tax on hotel stays, even though there are no hotels in the city.

Mayor Wilson Viator call the tax approved by the city council last week wishful thinking,

But Viator told The Advocate he doesn't expect the quickly growing city of some 9,000 residents to go without a hotel for much longer, considering that construction is underway on a $16.3 million recreation complex with the hope of luring large regional sports tournaments.

He said consultants estimate that within just a few years, the park will likely attract one million visitors annually.

Construction is scheduled to be complete by the end of the year, and the facility should open in January or February.

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