By: Hillary Simon
HENDERSON CO., KY (WFIE)
Small business owners and the Kyndle Chambers of Commerce met Thursday morning in Henderson to talk about the option of locals being able to vote on new building projects.
Unlike most states, Kentucky does not have an amendment that allows for this. Leading the discussion this morning was Bill Samuels Jr, past president of Maker’s Mark, who advocated for a local option sales tax.
Samuels said one thing a lot of the locals have been talking about is building a Convention Center and a Murray State University building.
The city can’t do that without this new bill that is being looked at by officials in Frankfurt. Samuels said the revenue gained will help make the city’s quality of life better.
“The chamber here is very progressive and understand there are needs in the community that the citizens may decide to fund with this local option sales tax. They would like the opportunity to find out, but they can’t do that until we get the constitutional amendment”, Samuels said.
How the sales tax would work is the people of Kentucky can vote yes or no on a structural project through a ballot.
If it’s approved it will be funded through a 1%t sales tax.
The bill will be discussed by state officials in Frankfurt this week.