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.