Last week, I said I thought Kentucky cities should have the right to impose their own sales taxes to finance special projects – if their residents voted to approve such a tax.
That editorial generated a lot of response, which I always enjoy. But unfortunately, it seems that most of the people responding weren't listening to what I said.
A large majority of the feedback came from people insisting they opposed any new taxes and were tired of the government always telling them what to do. But I wasn't favoring new taxes, in general. I was supporting the right of citizens to choose for themselves whether or not certain projects were worth funding with new tax revenue.
As things now stand, even if every voter in Louisville wanted to pay for improved fire protection, new roads or any other needed improvement by paying an additional one percent sales tax within the city limits, state law would prohibit them from doing so. The way I look at it, that's the government overstepping its bounds by telling people what they can and can't do.
The local tax option is just that -- an option. It wouldn't force any community to add new taxes against the wishes of its residents. But it would allow communities to have more autonomy in pursuing projects that have local popular support. And that's an idea that makes sense to me.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my Point of View.