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"Local Option Tax" proposal resurfaces at Chamber Meeting

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The Billings Chamber of Commerce has formed a new lobbying arm ahead of the 2017 legislative session.

“Act Now” will lobby for issues that will benefit business and community growth in the area.

One measure that will be pushed in the next session is somewhat familiar: The Local Option Tax.

The group shared a video (watch it here) with chamber members Tuesday.

The video explains the bill they want to see would give communities the local option to enact a sales tax to pay for a community project.

The bill would limit an option tax to 3% and would limit the life of a local tax to no more than 10 years.

Chamber members say the local option tax would mean 100% of the tax revenue raised would stay within the community.

Even if lawmakers allow a local option, that doesn't mean local sales taxes would be enacted.

Communities like Billings would have to propose projects with the tax tied to them.

Voters within those communities would then have to vote in favor of the project.

Several local legislators in attendance raised concerns over the proposal.

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