Kentucky voters favor local option sales tax

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by WHAS11.com

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 10, 2014 at 12:57 AM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WHAS11) – Kentucky voters are in favor of a local option sales tax that would raise taxes temporarily for specific projects according to a new poll.

According to the WHAS11/Courier Journal Bluegrass Poll, an overwhelming 60 percent of those surveyed said they would approve of such a tax while a little less than a quarter of respondents said they want the tax system to stay as it is now.

One of the loudest voices for a local option sales tax is Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer who says it’s an issue that both Republicans and Democrats see eye to eye on.

“This is a real simple deal; it’s just allowing people the option to vote on local capital projects. Right now, we don’t even have that option but 37 other states allow it. We need it. It’s about jobs, it’s about the future,” he said.

Write-in mayoral candidate Jackie Green opposes this kind of tax.

“We already send more than our share of money to the Commonwealth and we're not getting that share back,” Green said. “The next mayor needs to be in Frankfort to get more of the funds that we send to the commonwealth coming back to Louisville.”

Click here to see more of the results from the tax poll.
 

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