Local Option Sales Tax


A House committee has revived the local option sales tax. The initiative allowing communities to vote on temporary sales tax increases tied to specific projects passed the House but did not reach a floor vote in the Republican-controlled Senate in 2015.


The local options sales tax – once chugging along at a good clip in Frankfort – appears to have stalled for good in the Kentucky Senate.


A letter sent to state lawmakers by Ford, General Electric, and other major utility users could spell trouble for a local option sales tax bill.


The Local Option Sales Tax had trouble gaining traction in Frankfort during the last legislative session, but backers see an opening this year as awareness of the issue takes hold.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and his Louisville counterpart Greg Fischer lobbied hard for what’s called a “local option sales tax” in the 2014 session, but to no avail. Now, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle could be warming to the idea.

Stumbo To Push For Local Option Sales Tax

Dec 19, 2014

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo is putting his political clout behind a proposal to allow local governments to temporarily raise taxes to help pay for big construction projects.  Stumbo and the top House Republican, Jeff Hoover, said Friday they will be lead sponsors of the local-option sales tax proposal during next year's legislative session.

Supporters of a Local Sales Tax option for Kentucky communities are hopeful they might have better luck in the General Assembly in 2015.

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says House Democrats' top priority for the 2015 legislative session could be the local option sales tax.

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Tuesday brought good news and bad news for supporters of a Local Option Sales Tax in Kentucky.