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Published on Friday, January 23, 2015

House finance to hear bills on EMS levies and parks

Next week, the House Finance Committee will consider two bills with potential impacts to cities.

HB 1550 would simplify when sales tax applies to amusement, recreation, and physical fitness services. The bill removes from statute the undefined term “amusement and recreation services” for B&O and sales tax and clarifies which specific activities are subject to tax. The bill also permanently provides a sales tax exemption for charges for the opportunity to dance. A number of cities have expressed support for this change requested by the Department of Revenue.

HB 1251 would increase the emergency medical services levy rate from 50 cents to 75 cents per $1,000 of assessed value.

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