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Ketchum, Hailey voters approve local-option tax to boost commercial airline service

Voters in Ketchum and Hailey have approved a local-option tax on lodging and rental cars to subsidize commercial airline service, with the projected $2 million a year proceeds to help entice airlines to serve the Wood River Valley, either through subsidies or advertising support. The Idaho Mountain Express reports that turnout was heavy, with mayor and council races also being decided; voters in both Ketchum and Hailey backed the air service tax measure by close to a 2-1 margin. It needed 60 percent to pass; it got 66 percent in Hailey and 64 percent in Ketchum. Boise State Public Radio has more here.

Local option supporters plan initiative for 2014 election

A group of local officials from throughout the state has announced that it'll pursue a local-option tax initiative in the 2014 general election, after determining there wasn't time to make the 2012 ballot. “Our commitment to the success of this effort has not wavered. By adjusting our target to the November 2014 General Election rather than this fall, we will have the time we need to make this a truly statewide effort,” Boise businessman Clay Carley said. Click below for the group's full announcement.

Local-option ballot measure in the works

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A consortium of Idaho business people have resurrected a failed idea from the 2008 Legislature that for many still holds the allure of helping communities address local needs while boosting their economies: Letting residents vote to tax themselves to expand public transit or build roads. 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. Three years ago, legislation died after Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and House GOP lawmakers insisted on constitutional restrictions that proponents couldn't live with. Michael says the idea re-emerged during informal talks over giving local governments new financing tools. Foes from 2008 like House Majority Leader Mike Moyle fear it's another way to hike taxes.

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