The local-option tax created a buzz when Gov. Butch Otter floated the idea during his State of the State address.
The proposal: The Legislature should consider letting taxing districts levy their own property or sales taxes to replace revenue lost to a full personal property tax repeal.
But the local-option tax never surfaced this session, and the issue quietly died when lawmakers passed a bill that partially repealed the personal property tax and used state general funds for the $20 million cost.
But the idea has had support in some pockets of the state for years, with supporters arguing that it allows counties and cities to control their own revenue stream while opponents saying it will drive commerce and business to other communities with lower tax rates.
Will it come up again next year?
"I don't know," said proponent Rep. Lance Clow, R-Twin Falls. He would want it to work with any new streamlined sales-tax laws, which would allow the state to collect tax on Internet sales.
House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, said he and other House members have some worries about local-option taxes. Bedke doesn't like voters in a population center - like the city of Twin Falls - passing a tax increase for an entire county that smaller communities like Kimberly or Filer might not support.
"That's my biggest concern," he said.
Bedke also said votes on local-option taxes should come during May or November elections, which usually have the largest turnouts.