Local Option Sales Tax Presents Dilemma for Ky. Republican Lawmakers

Dec 31, 2013

Credit Kentucky LRC

An effort in Kentucky to fund projects with a new local option sales tax is posing a dilemma for Republican lawmakers.

Democratic Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is backing the proposal, which would allow public votes on temporary sales tax increases to pay for new projects. But Republican State Senate President Robert Stivers says it's difficult to balance higher taxes against civic improvement.

“My caucus is not one that generally is out advocating the raising of taxes, but we are also a caucus that is very much in conformity with the belief that local determination should be given great deference,” Stivers said.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo has voiced support for the measure, but still says he has reservations about it.