The House has voted 66-0 in favor of HB 688, enabling legislation to accompany HJR 4, the local-option tax amendment. There was no debate. “This is necessary legislation and I would certainly urge your green light,” House Tax Chairman Dennis Lake, R-Blackfoot, told the House. The bill would let cities and counties enact local-option sales taxes of up to 1 percent, if they do so by a two-thirds supermajority vote at a November general election. It would take effect only if voters in November agree to amend the constitution via HJR 4, which would limit all future local-option sales taxes to those terms – only by city or county, only by two-thirds, and only in November general elections. The amendment is pending in the Senate, where senators want to consider both the amendment and the enabling legislation together.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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