Bill proposing increase in Kentucky sales tax to be pulled

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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) A controversial bill that would have raised Kentucky’s state sales tax is expected to be pulled.

A spokesperson for State Rep. John Sims of Fleming County says he was starting to pull the bill today that would have increased sales and other taxes if approved. It would have raised the tax from 6% to 8%. No official reason was given for this decision.

The bill also proposed increases in personal property and motor vehicle usage taxes. Some shoppers and store owners in Owensboro say they doubted it would’ve been approved by the General Assembly.

“In this day and age, you don’t have any choice but to be on a budget. When you factor in what you are paying, then you have a huge jump, you have to switch bills around to be able to afford those,” says Denise Post of Breckenridge County.

“I know the state’s in a lot of financial trouble, so we’re going to have to find revenue somehow. But that puts the burden on the retailers to collect that money and it acts as a deterrent for people to shop,” adds David Epling, manager of The Earle in Owensboro.

A spokesperson added there are no current plans to replace the bill with a different version of it this year.

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(This story was originally published on January 21, 2020)

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