Friday, September 9, 2011

Potential New LIfe for Local Tax Option

Posted By on Fri, Sep 9, 2011 at 3:52 PM

The AP is reporting that a consortium of Idaho businesses are currently drafting a ballot initiative to establish the ability for cities in Idaho to levy local taxes.

Former Albertsons Inc. Chief Executive Officer Gary Michael, property manager Skip Oppenheimer and Republican consultant Jason Lehosit are among those mulling a 2012 ballot initiative on local option sales tax authority.

The group is now drafting a ballot measure but said it’s still several weeks away from a final decision on moving ahead. To get this before voters in 14 months, proponents must gather 47,432 registered voters’ signatures.

The idea is one long-championed by Boise Mayor Dave Bieter as an essential component to improving public transportation, both here and across the state.

An earlier local option effort failed in the legislature in 2008 because of insistence by Butch Otter that the bill come with a constitutional amendment requiring a two thirds majority on votes to increase sales taxes.

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