First Reading of Murray Payroll Tax Passes
By West Kentucky Star Staff
MURRAY, KY - The City of Murray is a step closer to implementing a payroll tax.

At Thursday night's meeting, the Murray City Council voted to approve the first reading of the new ordinance. 

The ordinance would establish a one percent payroll and net profits tax for people and businesses that work or operate in the city. WKMS reports an amendment was added to make sure the tax could not be increased for a three-year period.

The council also approved the first reading of an ordinance to abolish city stickers and a resolution to lower vehicle, property, and insurance taxes.

On all three issues, six City Council members voted yes, six voted no, and Mayor Jack Rose voted yes to break the tie.

Proponents say the payroll tax will bring in more revenue than city stickers and will be easier to enforce. Opponents say the tax is unfair and is taxation without representation to those who only work in the city.

The payroll tax ordinance must pass again in its second reading before it can be enacted. It would go into effect January 1, 2018.

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Published 04:12 PM, Friday Aug. 11, 2017
Updated 06:14 PM, Sunday Aug. 13, 2017

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