WKU Public Radio News Staff
Tue September 24, 2013
Kentucky Legislative Committee to Gather Info on Temporary Sales Tax
A legislative committee in Frankfort will hear testimony Wednesday on a proposal to allow local governments to let citizens decide on implementing a temporary sales tax to fund specific projects.
The idea being heard by the Interim Joint Committee on Local Government at 10 a.m. EDT is to allow ballot referendums on whether to temporarily impose a sales tax of up to 1 cent to pay for new parks, sidewalks, roads and buildings.
Some 37 states already allow a temporary sales tax for local government projects.
Committee Chairman Steve Riggs said too often cities don't have the money to pay for special projects. Legislation calling for a constitutional amendment to allow such a temporary tax was introduced in the General Assembly earlier this year but didn't receive a vote.