SHORT-TERM RENTAL PROPOSAL IN STARKVILLE DRAWS DOZENS, SPARKS DEBATE

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) – Proposed short-term rental property restrictions in one Mississippi city has sparked heated exchanges between supporters and opponents.

News outlets report the City of Starkville held its second public input session Tuesday for proposed changes that would affect rentals in single-family residential neighborhoods.

About 50 people attended the forum where supporters claimed short-term rental companies, like Airbnb, threaten the integrity and character of residential neighborhoods, while opponents argued the restrictions are government overreach and potentially harmful to the local economy.

The initial proposal included a $300 yearly license, a maximum of 30 nights or 10 weekends to rent a property per year and a requirement for owners to live in the houses they rent out. The current proposal is a $25 license fee with no night limit and no residency requirement.

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