A substitute for HB 434 passed out of subcommittee today that would make it harder for counties to opt out of a regional sales tax.
If a county votes it down they could still be bound to it if the region vote is more than 50%:
“If more than one-half of the votes cast within the region are in favor of the approving the intergovernmental contract and levying the tax, then the intergovernmental contract shall be approved and the tax shall be levied in each county within the region in accordance with this article and the terms of the resolution or ordinance of such county.”
There are still some ways to opt out…
– Don’t enter into the regional conference.
– Get 2/3 of the vote of the governing authority (county Board of Commissioners).
– Or if a voter in the county can get 10% of the registered voters that cast a ballot in the last general election.
That’s a bad deal. But today in an interview with Capitol Impact, the Speaker supposedly said he won’t call it for a vote on the House floor.