Let’s resolve to energize our community in 2013 – Business First

The New Year is just around the corner, and that means many of us will make resolutions to better ourselves.

Some will resolve to lose weight, exercise more and eat a healthier diet. Others will pledge to work harder and smarter to improve their businesses or their careers. Some will resolve to be better people and spend more time with family and friends.

Even if we don’t keep all of our resolutions, making them is a good exercise. It forces us to prioritize the things that are important to us.

In that spirit, we would like to offer resolutions that would help energize the Greater Louisville area.

So in, 2013, let’s resolve to…

· Pass an amendment in Frankfort that would allow Kentuckians the right to vote on a local-option sales tax taht could be used for specific projects in their communities. About 85 percent of Louisville’s competitor cities already enjoy a local sales tax option.
· Fast-track Mayor Greg Fisher’s “Vision Louisville” project, which will seek to determine what Louisville should look

like in 25 years. It’s much easier to get where you want to go if you have a road map.

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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