City of Paducah Supports LIFT – WKMS

Source: WKMS



The Paducah City Commission passed a resolution in support of House Bill 1 Local Investments for Transformation Kentucky at their meeting last night.

If passed by the General Assembly, city commissioner Sandra Wilson says LIFT would allow citizens to vote on projects that would be paid for by a temporary local option sales tax of no more than one percent.

“It has to be voter approved. And, as you did have in the resolution, it has a sunset date that it has to expire by,” she said. “So, I think it’s, it’s a great tool for every community in the State of Kentucky to have to utilize.”

Many Kentucky lawmakers are calling a local option sales tax their highest priority this legislative session.

“This option would give us an opportunity to get some things done and pay for it as we do it as opposed to floating bonds and going into debt trying to build those infrastructures,” commissioner Richard Abraham said.

LIFT supporters in the region include the Kentucky League of Cities, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Murray, Purchase Area Development District, and the Owensboro Chamber of Commerce.

“It’s statewide, it’s just getting the legislature to allow it to be put on the ballot. And, I don’t think it will be put on the ballot until 2016, November of 2016,” Wilson said.

The Kentucky League of Cities estimates that based on Paducah’s population and sales receipts, a one percent local option sales tax could generate $15.9 million per year.

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