By Mark Vanderhoff
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Kentucky state house leaders will push for a local option sales tax again in 2015.
Fischer appeared Friday with house speaker Greg Stumbo, a Democrat, and house minority leader Jeff Hoover, a Republican, in Frankfort.
A local option House Bill already has 16 sponsors, Stumbo said.
The idea is to let cities and counties collect up to 1 percent in extra sales tax within their local boundaries.
The funds have to be tied to a specific project and local voters have to approve the project and the tax increase.
If the state Legislature approves, the issue will also have to go to voters in a statewide referendum in 2016.
“We’ve been working in this project for quite some time now over the last year or so. It’s been gratifying to see that as people understand the bill around the state, they are growing in their support for it,” Fischer said.
A local option sales tax bill failed in the house last year.
The Senate never took up the issue.