By Mitchell Grogg
HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT)- Kentuckians could soon approve up to a one percent local tax to fund specific local projects.
“Shouldn’t be a great impact for every $100 somebody’s going to pay a dollar tax, so I don’t think that’s over the top,” said Jabo Clemons, owner of Jabo’s Coal River Grille in Hazard.
For the tax to happen, the bill would have to pass and be voted on as a constitutional amendment. The earliest possibility for Kentucky voters to decide on a possible amendment is 2016.
The tax would be voted on by communities for specific infrastructure projects. After the project is funded, the tax would go away.
Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo supports the option.
“If these local communities get these dollars through this local effort it will actually have a positive impact upon the state’s budget so that instead of having to spend state dollars on these projects in these local communities it would potentially free up some state dollars,” said Stumbo
Clemons also likes the idea of people seeing the results of the tax.
“You know, if it’s going towards a good cause and people could look back and see exactly what the money’s being spent for I think the ends would justify the means,” said Clemons.