The Kentucky House has passed a proposed ballot measure aimed at giving communities the option to temporarily impose higher taxes on themselves to pay for construction projects.
The bill’s leading advocates Thursday were House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Minority Leader Jeff Hoover. They said the proposal would empower local voters to decide whether to temporarily raise their local sales taxes to pay for projects.
The measure cleared the House on a 62-35 vote. It now goes to the Senate. If it clears the General Assembly, the proposed constitutional amendment would go on the November 2016 statewide ballot.
Under the proposal, sales taxes would only increase if a majority of local voters approved it. Local governments could only spend the extra money on specific projects. The tax hike would go away when the project ends.