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July 26, 2013

Barnett: Occupational tax model is example for rest of state

Magistrate thinks all of Kentucky should use Pulaski County’s system

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“When revenues go up, the city gets a certain percentage, the jail gets more, the ambulance service gets more,” said Barnett. “There’s a statute (on the tax) that expires in July, that’s possibly why the legislation wants to take another look at the statutes.”
Barnett said there had been “some talk” at the conference in Louisville about a potential bill down the road that could redistribute occupational tax revenues throughout Kentucky.
“It’s the state as a whole I’m interested in,” he said. “I’m in interested in maybe supporting the new bill. I’d like to see the language of it before supporting it. ... It’s too early to see what’s going to be filed.”
The conference was held last week, and involved ideas and input from local legislators all around the Commonwealth. Ellis reported specifically on those ideas relating to tax reform, which is expected to be a potential focus in next year’s general assembly session.

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