Sales Tax Proposal

The Plattsmouth City Council was formally presented with the "Downtown Streetscape" design this week. Work on the ideas for enhancing downtown Plattsmouth has stretched over the last several months. It was paid for by state historical society grants and in-kind work by Plattsmouth city officials.

The Cassgram reports that the streetscape mission is to "envision a public environment that strengthens the best qualities of the downtown, creating an environment that is inviting to the users of the district, strengthening its economic viability," according to the final report entitled, "Historic Main Street – A New Public Environment."

It lays out specific ideas, costs and phasing for streets, parking, sidewalks, lighting, furnishings, landscaping and other improvements.

RDG Planning & Design estimates implementation of everything included in the streetscape would cost from $3.4 to $3.7 million.

City Administrator Erv Portis and Plattsmouth Historic Preservation Board Chairman Rich McKinley presented the plan to the mayor and council.

"You can change the face of Plattsmouth forever," said Portis.

Adding a half-cent to the city’s current one-cent sales tax would raise about $300,000 a year more to pay for the downtown improvements, said Portis. That’s using the current sales figures. The goal, of course, is to increase the actual sales totals that would raise sales tax receipts too, he added.

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