Glasgow Daily Times
October 15, 2014
BY GINA KINSLOW Glasgow Daily Times
A possible source of funding – the local option sales tax – could benefit the Glasgow-Barren County Tourist and Convention Commission if the issue is ever placed on a ballot, according to information provided Tuesday by a tourism official.
Voters would decide to use the additional 1 percent sales tax that would be designated for a specific planned project, and it would be paid to the city. Additionally, only Kentucky cities with 15 percent of the total county population can use the tax.
Ann Stewart, marketing director for the Glasgow-Barren County Tourist and Convention Commission, recently heard a presentation about the tax while attending a meeting of the Kentucky Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus. The KACVB has endorsed the tax.
“I wanted to share it with you so you will know it is going on. It could be something that Glasgow could use at some point,” Stewart said.
Earl Hammons, a member of the commission, asked Stewart to offer examples of how the tax is being used in other Kentucky cities.
“The tax is new to Kentucky,” she said. “An amendment is being proposed to Kentucky’s constitution. That’s why they are wanting to get support for it.”
Stewart spoke in favor of the new tax and said tourism officials at the KACVB meeting think it might discourage some from trying to take control of the 3 percent transient room tax that funds tourist commissions.
“That was just the thought that was shared (at the meeting),” she said.
The local option tax would be a 1 percent sales tax on top of the state’s 6 percent sales tax, Stewart said.