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CITY HAPPY REPEAL OF LOCAL OPTION SALES TAX DIDN'T PASS

By Nate Gonner 6/13/2013

           THE CITY ADMINISTRATOR OF NEBRASKA CITY SAYS THERE WAS A SENSE OF UNPRODUCTIVENESS WITH THE 2013 LEGISLATIVE SESSION, WHICH ACTUALLY WORKED INTO THE CITY’S FAVOR ON AN IMPORTANT SALES TAX ISSUE.

 

            CITY ADMINISTRATOR JOE JOHNSON SAID THE LEGISLATION WITH THE BIGGEST POTENTIAL IMPACT TO NEBRASKA CITY FAILED TO GET OUT OF THE HEARING STAGE WITH LB-266, A REPEAL OF LAST YEARS STATEWIDE HALF CENT SALE TAX INTIATIVE, FAILING TO GET ENOUGH VOTES TO PASS ITS FIRST READING THREE TIMES.

 

            NOW THE BILLS SPONSOR, OMAHA SENATOR ERNIE CHAMBERS, WAS ABLE TO GET AN AMENDMENT TO PASS ON THE STATES WIND TAX ENERGY BILL, WHICH RECENDS THE TAX FOR THE CITY OF OMAHA ONLY.

 

             JOHNSON ALSO TALKED ABOUT WORKING WITH FRESHMAN SENATORS DAN WATERMEIER OF SYRACUSE AND BILL KINTNER OF PAPILLION, AND EDUCATING THEM ABOUT WHAT PIECES OF LEGISLATION AFFECTS NEBRASKA CITY.

 

             JOHNSON AUDIO

 

              JOHNSON SAYS IT WILL BE A BATTLE TO KEEP THE SALES TAX INTIATIVE FROM BEING REPEALED STATEWIDE, WHICH GIVES CITIES THE RIGHT TO INCREASE LOCAL SALES TAXES BY HALF A PERCENT TO BE USED FOR PUBLIC INFASTRUCTURE ONLY.

 

              THIS PAST NOVEMBER, THE CITIZENS OF NEBRASKA CITY VOTED DOWN A SALES TAX PROPOSAL TO USE THE EXTRA FUNDING FOR A NEW SWIMMING POOL AND TO DEPLOY FIBER OPTICS FOR FASTER INTERNET CAPABILTIES FOR THE TOWN.                     

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