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Mayor Battle vetoes tax planned for amphitheater

Mayor Battle: the tax could hurt the travel industry at a time it's already suffering due to the coronavirus
How to pay for new amphitheater

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — AP News -- Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle has vetoed a lodging tax that other leaders wanted to use to pay for a new amphitheater in the north Alabama city. 

Battle vetoed the measure Friday, saying the tax wasn't needed. He also said it could hurt the travel industry at a time when it's suffering because of the outbreak of the new coronavirus. 

The increase would have added 1% to the city's hotel and liquor tax. 

Supporters said the $1.3 million raised annually would help pay off the $35 million cost of a amphitheater that's planned to help expand the city's entertainment offerings.

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