State Sen. Kathy Stein en State Lawmaker Proposes Local Option Sales Tax Bill <p>State Sen. Kathy Stein, D-Lexington, has introduced a bill in the General Assembly that would give cities a local option sales tax.</p><p>Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has been a major proponent of the measure, which allows local voters to decide whether to fund special projects through a temporary sales tax increase. The mayor recently outlined the measure for Metro Council members, saying it gives Louisville more independence.</p><p>The <a href="">bill was introduced Jan. 8</a> and will be in the State and Local Government Committee.</p><p>Stein says many lawmakers oppose any new taxes, but this gives local residents decision-making power.</p><p>"It is an option, unfortunately whenever some of us hear the word tax we jump 10 feet up in the air and say 'no, no, no.' But you need to pay attention. It gives the taxpayers the option of doing it. The people who vote have the options," she says.</p><p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 21:07:40 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 3418 at State Lawmaker Proposes Local Option Sales Tax Bill