Pascagoula City Council approves return to polls for prepared food tax vote

A decision was made at Thursday’s recessed city council meeting that residents in Pascagoula will return to the polls on Nov. 1 in an attempt to garner the votes necessary to pass a referendum that has sparked controversy among voters and the council.

On Aug. 30, voters in the city of Pascagoula narrowly voted down a 2 percent food and beverage tax intended to improve city recreation facilities. More than half the voters favored the tax as 56 percent voted “yes” while 44 percent voted “no”, which fell short of the 60 percent benchmark required for passage.