One Town Looks To New Tax

Two Occupation taxes passed on first reading in Plattsmouth.

One ordinance would set an occupation tax equal to liquor license fees for establishments that sell beer and alcohol. All money from liquor license fees goes to the school district. In his research, City Administrator Erv Portis’ memorandum to city leaders said an occupation tax equal to the fees would amount to just over $4,000 annually for the city. He said state law allows the city to charge an occupation tax up to double the state-imposed fees, but city staff recommended only a tax equivalent to the fee.

The Cassgram reports the other ordinance deals with mobile telephone services paying a 5% telephone occupation tax. While Portis believes the current ordinance imposes such a tax, the ordinance approved on first reading would make it "very clear." Some companies have been paying the tax, he said, and some have not. It’s not known how much revenue the proposed ordinance will generate.

The Plattsmouth City Council showed a willingness to suspend the rules and pass the ordinances in one night but not enough council members were present. Only five were seated Monday night.

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