The City of Paducah levies an Occupational License Fee (employee payroll withholding tax, also known as payroll tax) of 2.0 percent as described and further amended in Sec. 106-182 of the Code of Ordinances. This means that 2.0 percent of gross salaries, wages, commissions, and other compensation that is earned within the City limits should be remitted to the City of Paducah. For 2011-2012, the payroll tax is expected to generate nearly $13.0 million in revenue for the City. That figure is almost 44 percent of the City's total revenue. The payroll tax is the City's largest revenue source. For more information about the Payroll Tax and the Investment Fund, click Track Your Tax Dollars.
On August 9, 2005, the Paducah Board of Commissioners increased the payroll tax from 1.5 to 2.0 percent. That increase became effective October 1, 2005 but was set to sunset on October 1, 2008. On September 25, 2007, the Board of Commissioners voted to permanently amend the ordinance to maintain the payroll tax at 2.0 percent. The revenue generated from the 1/2 percent increase in the payroll tax is placed into a special fund, the Investment Fund. The fund is dedicated to the following expenditures:
Infrastructure Capital Investment
Property Tax Relief