The city of Ketchum will move forward with a ballot initiative to fund housing programs in May, one year after voters rejected a separate proposal to do the same in 2022.

This time, the Ketchum City Council hopes residents will back a simplified plan with a clearer tagline: “No new tax.”

On Tuesday, the council agreed to ask voters to split the city’s “1% for Air” tax, which funds air service and tourism initiatives, into “.5% for Air” and “.5% for Housing” levies. That’s a change from last year’s plan, which sought to increase the city’s LOT rates by .75% on retail sales, 1% on building materials, and 2% on lodging and liquor to help pay for housing projects.

Amanda Breen with caption

Amanda Breen

Jim Slanetz

Jim Slanetz

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