Bowling Green Daily News
August 20, 2014
The Barren River Area Development District board of directors heard about the potential for a bill to be approved in the 2015 legislative session that would let Kentuckians vote on a constitutional amendment allowing local option sales taxes to be levied.
Representatives of Kentucky LIFT, an organization supporting the legislation, spoke with board members today.
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The local option sales tax would have to be approved by local voters, have
an automatic sunset date and be used for specific infrastructure projects, said Matt Erwin of Kentucky LIFT. The tax could not exceed 1 percent and some things – such as medicine, food and automobile purchases – would be excluded from the tax.
“It’s an opportunity to empower the local communities that you represent in a pretty unique way,” Erwin told board members.
Needs are growing in local communities, but the pot of money available to meet those needs on the state and federal level is shrinking, he said.
“Frankly, the funds aren’t going to be there for you to not only get the things you want, but a lot of the things that your city needs to be competitive, to draw new businesses in, to draw new families that want to relocate,” Erwin said.
He said the idea has growing support across the state.
It’s possible that the legislation could be named as House Bill 1 for the 2015 session, marking it as a top priority, and has been supported by Gov. Steve Beshear, Erwin said.