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Metro Council groups to study city annexations, local-option sales tax

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Council President Jim King has named work groups to study two issues: how Metro government will deal with attempts by suburban cities to annex property; and Mayor Greg Fischer's proposed local-option sales tax.

King's office announced the work groups on Tuesday.

Annexations

The annexations group will be led Councilman Kelly Downard, a Republican who represents the Prospect area, and Councilman David Yates, a Democrat who represents southwest Jefferson County. The group will also include council members Rick Blackwell, Mary C. Woolridge, Kevin Kramer, Ken Fleming and Marilyn Parker.

Among other issues, the group will be looking at criteria the Metro Council should follow when deciding whether to approve a request by a suburban city, such as St. Matthews or Jeffersontown, to annex property. It will also look at whether Metro government can expand city services like garbage collection to the suburbs.

For background on the annexations issue, read WDRB's in-depth Sunday Edition story: In era of merged government, suburban cities may grow again.

Local-option sales tax

Fleming, Republican who represents the St. Matthews area, and Councilwoman Madonna Flood, a Democrat from the Okolona area, will lead the local-option sales tax group. Fischer's top legislative priority is for a constitutional amendment to allow cities and counties to levy a sales tax of up to 1 percent to pay for local public projects.

The group will look at: legislation in Frankfort (so far, none has been introduced in the current session of the General Assembly); "alternatives" to the sales tax that the Metro Council might consider; and the structure of a group called the Community Investment Commission that would play a role in determining which projects are funded.

As WDRB reported in November, the allocation of money from the proposed tax in Louisville is complicated by suburban cities, which could have the power to implement their own sales taxes under the proposal.

Other council members in the local sales tax work group include: Rick Blackwell, Cindi Fowler, David Tandy, Jerry Miller, David James, Glen Stuckel, Vicki Aubrey Welch and Marilyn Parker. 

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