Committee To Gather Info On Temporary Sales Tax

Sep 24, 2013

FRANKFORT, Ky.-- Should Kentucky citizens have the right to pass temporary sales tax increases for specific projects in their communities?

A legislative committee will hear testimony Wednesday on a proposal to allow local governments to do just that.

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.