local option sales tax

7:51 am
Fri March 27, 2015

The Bills That Failed to Pass in the Kentucky General Assembly's 2015 Session

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The Kentucky General Assembly passed several important pieces of legislation in the just-concluded 2015 session, including a comprehensive heroin bill and a freeze to the state’s tumbling gas tax.

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11:46 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Kentucky House’s Top Priority Doesn’t Make It Through Senate

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The top legislative priority in the Kentucky House failed to pass this legislative session. The local option sales tax bill called LIFT passed the house but never made into a Senate Committee.

First District Republican Sen. Stan Humphries of Cadiz says representatives from heavy industry wanted to be exempted from charging the tax and that partially led to its demise.

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8:17 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Paris, Tenn. Voters Approve Local Option Sales Tax

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Update: The Henry County Election Commission has updated the final tally for the local option sales tax vote. The referendum still passes by a margin of 1,365 for the tax and 449 against. 

The local sales tax option will increase the rate by half a cent starting this summer.

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8:55 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Kentucky House Passes Local Option Sales Tax

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The state House on Tuesday passed legislation that would allow Kentucky local governments to temporarily raise the sales tax by as much as 1 percent to funds local projects.

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9:03 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Paris to Repeal Property Tax Hike if Local Option Sales Tax Passes

Paris, Tennessee
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Paris City Commissioners have unanimously pledged to repeal an 8 cent property tax increase that went into effect in the current fiscal year if voters there approve a local option sales tax this March.  City Manager Carl Holder says one motivation for the commissioners decision last week was a long-held belief that a local option sales tax is the fairer route. 

According to Holder, backing the property tax repeal isn't just a matter of good faith.  "It'll be about $640,000 net that would be produced," he said, "if the half-cent local option sales tax does pass."

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6:39 am
Wed January 28, 2015

City of Paducah Supports LIFT

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The Paducah City Commission passed a resolution in support of House Bill 1 Local Investments for Transformation Kentucky at their meeting last night. 

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4:01 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Ky. Tea Partyers Urge House Republicans to Block Local Option Sales Tax

Kentucky Minority Floor Leader Rep. Jeff Hoover
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After a local option sales tax bill failed last year in the state legislature, Kentucky tea party members are urging Republican lawmakers to block what House Democrats are calling their number one priority for the 2015 session.

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3:11 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Local Option Sales Tax Presents Dilemma for Ky. Republican Lawmakers

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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.

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11:39 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Kentucky Mayors to Discuss Local Option Tax

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A forum of northern Kentucky mayors is exploring a proposed constitutional amendment that would give cities and counties in the Commonwealth the authority to impose local sales taxes.

The Kenton Mayors Group will offer information to elected officials who may ask the General Assembly to allow a vote on the constitutional change in November 2014. 

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11:41 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Kentucky Metro Leaders to Draft Legislation for Local Option Sales Tax

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Though the effort for a local option sales tax lacks support from principals in the General Assembly, Mayor Greg Fischer and other leaders from Kentucky's largest communities still went to Frankfort on Tuesday to push for a constitutional amendment.

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