local option


Definition of local option

: the power granted by a legislature to a political subdivision to determine by popular vote the local applicability of a law on a controversial issue (such as the sale of liquor)

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The Portland school board on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve language for a November ballot measure that, if passed, will renew a local option levy that paid for about 800 teachers in the current fiscal year. oregonlive.com, "Portland voters will decide in November whether to renew levy to fund teachers," 14 Aug. 2019 The online grocery shopping and delivery service has added H-E-B as a local option in some D-FW Zip codes. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Instacart has added H-E-B as an online grocery option in select Dallas-Fort Worth Zip codes," 21 Aug. 2019 The local option tax, most recently approved by voters in 2014, will provide approximately 14% of the district’s general fund in the current fiscal year, or more than $96 million. oregonlive.com, "Portland schools leaders will ask voters to extend tax levy for teachers in November," 7 Aug. 2019 The biggest challenge is that there are no other local options. Andrew Kenney, The Denver Post, "Hundreds in prison limbo after Denver council breaks up with halfway house operators," 7 Aug. 2019 Florida’s sales tax is 6 percent, but in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties, the rate is 7 percent because of a 1 percent local option tax. Doreen Christensen, sun-sentinel.com, "Computers back on the list during Florida back-to-school sales tax holiday on Aug. 2-6," 29 July 2019 While several candidates for president are pushing for eliminating debt for advanced education, this may be an extreme but laudable concept, but a local option for us could be done now. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: We must condemn Trump; Ted Nugent’s disturbing comments about underage girls; Free community college, first; Great advocacy, bad journalism (6/26/19)," 26 June 2019 Preparing ahead of time was the main function of this ordinance and special election, as Utqiaġvik has not yet even voted for local option of marijuana. Anchorage Daily News, "Utqiagvik votes to tax marijuana," 7 May 2018 Consumers will pay zero state and local option taxes on hundreds of items, from clothes and shoes ($60 or less) to school supplies ($15 or less), according the Florida Department of Revenue. Doreen Christensen, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Teachers get special discount at Target Teachers Prep Event starting July 15," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of local option

1868, in the meaning defined above

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