Several Kentucky House leaders started a bipartisan push Friday for a proposal that would give communities the option to temporarily impose higher taxes on themselves to pay for big construction projects.
House Speaker Greg Stumbo designated the proposal as a top priority for the 2015 General Assembly session opening in January. House Minority Floor Leader Jeff Hoover said he will sign on as a co-sponsor.
“I have always thought this was government at its best,” Hoover, a Jamestown Republican, said of the local-option sales tax proposal. “It’s government at the most local level.”
The proposal fizzled in this year’s legislative session. It would allow local governments to impose up to an extra 1 percent sales tax to raise money for projects such as arenas, convention centers and parks.
First, local voters would have to approve the tax. It could only be used for specific projects and the tax would expire once the project is complete.
To give communities that option, Kentucky voters would have to approve an amendment to the state Constitution. If the proposal clears the legislature, it would go on the 2016 ballot.
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