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)

Examples of local option in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Washington County, taxpayers will see increases from countywide local option levies for public safety services and library services. oregonlive, 20 Oct. 2021 Another local option for beating the heat indoors is the Shops at Chestnut Hill on Route 9, which is open weekdays and Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., the city said. BostonGlobe.com, 11 Aug. 2021 Purchases of qualifying items will be exempt from Virginia's 4.3 percent state sales tax, the 1 percent local option tax, and any otherwise applicable regional taxes. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 6 Aug. 2021 Those two factors have resulted in a local option property tax that adds approximately 18% to Portland schools’ per-student allocation from the state. oregonlive, 9 May 2021 In 1913, the Anti-Saloon League, which had previously championed the local option as a way to gradually reform the nation, had had enough. Trysh Travis, The Conversation, 7 Apr. 2021 Iowa’s state sales tax rate is 6% and local option sales tax rates are typically 1%, according to the Iowa Department of Revenue. Mary Stroka, Washington Examiner, 1 Mar. 2021 The plan also calls for using $150 million from Atlanta’s special local option sales tax for transportation. David Wickert, ajc, 27 Jan. 2021 The default local option for most Android users is Google Photos, which many had to come to love due to the generous terms. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, 20 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of local option

1868, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of local option was in 1868

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24 Oct 2021

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“Local option.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/local%20option. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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