local option sales tax

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Local option sales tax legislation won just enough House votes today, to send the measure to the Kentucky Senate. The constitutional amendment measure is a high priority of the Kentucky League of Cities. 

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A bill to amend the Kentucky Constitution to give local governments the option of temporarily raising sale taxes is headed to the full House.

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Kentucky legislators will again consider legislation that would allow local governments to temporarily levy a 1 percent sales tax to fund projects.

Despite support from across the political spectrum, it’s unclear whether the local option sales tax will become Kentucky law this year.


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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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.

Paris, Tenn. Voters Approve Local Option Sales Tax

Mar 17, 2015
Matt Markgraf, WKMS

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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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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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."

City of Paducah Supports LIFT

Jan 28, 2015

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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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.