Bill Lamb Point of View editorial – WDRB

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BillLambI’ve often complained that Louisville has a chronic problem getting things done. But that’s often not due to the people involved, but a basic lack of funds.

That’s why I support L.I.F.T. – which stands for

Local Investments for Transformation. It’s a campaign to amend Kentucky’s Constitution to allow its cities to implement their own sales tax to fund local projects.

Right now, 37 states give their

cities this option. And 88 of the nation’s hundred-largest cities have taken it to finance major community projects like light rail systems and road and bridge repair. These taxes would be limited and specific, with end dates, and would only be implemented if you, the voter, approve it.

If Louisville could adopt a 1% Local Option Tax, it would impose a minimal burden, but would raise over 90 million dollars a year. It would bring our total sales tax to only 7%, which is what Indiana residents already pay, and would still rank us 73rd among all American cities.

It could be the key to Louisville’s future. But only if the constitution is amended to allow it. And that will first take the support of at least 60 State House members and 23 Senators before being put to a statewide vote.

If you agree that Louisville needs such “home rule” to chart its own financial course, I encourage you to tell your state representatives in both houses.

I’m Bill Lamb, and that’s my…Point of View.

Source: WDRB 41 Louisville News

What People Are Saying

  • “Putting the local-tax amendment on the November 2014 statewide ballot is a no-brainer. If local people want to levy local taxes on themselves, they should be able to.”

    Al Cross, Courier-Journal columnist
  • Jeff-Bringardner-headshot-only“This is a way to keep dollars in the area, to come up with a diverse slate of projects that sync up with the long-term plans of the community and get voted on by the people”

    Jeff Bringardner, President, Humana Kentucky
  • BillLamb“If Louisville could adopt a 1% Local Option Tax, it would impose a minimal burden, but would raise over 90 million dollars a year.”

    Bill Lamb, President and General Manager for WDRB and WNYO
  • Bill Samuels Bellarmine Portrait“Local option makes all the sense in the world. Offering citizens the opportunity to vote on investing in their community is how our country ought to operate.”

    Bill Samuels, Chairman, Emeritus Makers Mark
  • …a new way for communities to see the projects they want and need go from the drawing board to reality — and to do it for themselves.

    Jim Host, founder of Host Communications and former State Commerce Secretary
  • LIFT is a tried-and-true tool that allows for more voter involvement in the process.  Voters, not politicians, would help determine big picture, visionary projects that could improve quality of life.

    Dave Adkisson, President and CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
  • …an idea whose time has come, and could be a crucial economic development tool which will help our local communities build a better future, and the new jobs and businesses we need.

    Hal Goode, President and CEO of the Kentucky Association of Economic Development
  • In our opinion, Kentucky voters should be allowed to vote on the local option sales tax because it could fund public facilities without increasing property taxes.

    Morehead News
  • It will allow communities to plan and pay for improvements to enhance civic and economic life without going hat in hand each budget session to Frankfort.

    Lexington Herald-Leader
  • The beauty of it is that local voters have the say-so as to its enactment, and they have a sense that they are getting what they pay for.

    Princeton Times-Leader