Mayor Bell proposes lodging tax increase

By Ashley Nix

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -  Mayor William Bell is proposing a 3.5% lodging tax
increase to partly pay for a new hotel, baseball stadium complex and Negro Baseball Museum.
Bell informed city councilors Monday a minor league baseball team is interested in moving to
Birmingham, but he would not elaborate.
Only 3 councilors were present at the meeting. They endorsed the preliminary plans.
The hotel would be a 300-room Westin Hotel near the BJCC.

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