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BOTH HOTEL AND TELEPHONE TAXES INCREASED 2%

By Nate Gonner 9/4/2013

               THE NEBRASKA CITY CITY COUNCIL WAS PACKED MONDAY EVENING FOR A DISCUSSION OF ON INCREASING THE TOWN’S HOTEL OCCUPATION TAX FROM 2% TO 4%.

 

              THE COUNCIL HEARD FROM SEVERAL LOCAL HOTEL BUSINESS OWNERS WHO WERE SPOKE OUT AGAINST THE TAX.

 

              JOHN PALMTAG OWNS THE BEST WESTERN IN NEBRASKA CITY AND SAYS THE PROPOSED INCREASE IN TAXES AFFECTS JUST A FEW BUSINESSES IN TOWN, AND WOULD ADD TO THE ALREADY HIGH TAX RATE FACING HOTEL AND OTHER LODGING OWNERS IN TOWN.

 

                PALMTAG AUDIO:

 

               AFTER HEARING FROM SEVERAL OTHER HOTEL AND LODGING OWNERS, THE COUNCIL DECIDED ON A 4-1 VOTE TO APPROVE THE TAX FOR A ONE YEAR PERIOD ONLY.

 

                THE PROPOSED INCREASE WAS SCHEDULED TO TAKE AFFECT OCTOBER 1ST, BUT THE COUNCIL DECIDED TO PUSH IT BACK TO TAKE AFFECT DECEMBER 1ST .

                 ACCORDING TO CITY ADMINISTRATOR OF NEBRASKA CITY JOE JOHNSON, THE 2 PERCENT INCREASE IN HOTEL OCCUPATION TAX IS PROJECTED TO NET THE CITY AN EXTRA 71 THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR THE CITY.

                THE CITY COUNCIL ALSO AGREED TO INCREASE THE TELEPHONE OCCUPATION TAX FROM 3 PERCENT TO 5 PERCENT, WHICH JOHNSON SAYS IS PROJECTED TO NET THE CITY AN EXTRA 75 THOUSAND DOLLARS.

 

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