Kentucky residents speak on chance to vote for sales tax increase

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by WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 24, 2013 at 9:05 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – A majority of Kentucky residents say they want the chance to vote on an increase in local sales tax.

A Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll says 72 percent of Kentucky voters surveyed were in favor of a constitutional amendment that would allow cities and counties to impose local sales taxes through voter referendums.

However, that’s not saying they would actually pass the local sales tax option if they had a chance to vote on it.

Mayor Fischer says voters want the ability to vote and decide on local investments.

Here in Louisville, Fischer wants to increase the local sales tax by one percent.

He says that money would go into a special fund to pay for specific projects agreed upon by city leaders.

The projects could include a complete overhaul of Riverview Park in southwest Louisville, a new transportation system or a forensic crime lab for Metro Police.

The local option sales tax still has to clear several major hurdles.

It needs approval by 60 percent of the General Assembly and a statewide vote to amend the Kentucky constitution.

Then, city leaders would have to agree on what projects would be funded and Louisville residents would have to vote to approve the tax increase.
 

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