Cities Ask Lawmakers For More Sales Tax Power

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Top city officials in Nebraska are asking lawmakers for the authority to increase sales taxes with voter approval.

City leaders from Omaha, Lincoln, York and other areas urged the
Legislature's Revenue Committee Thursday to advance a bill (LB956)
by Omaha Sen. Brad Ashford.

Supporters say it would allow cities to offset property taxes and collect revenue from people who use city roads without paying property taxes.

State law caps the city sales tax rate at 1.5 percent.

The bill would give cities the option to raise their rates to as high as 2 percent, with voter approval. Some of the money collected beyond the 1.5 percent would have to go toward partnership projects with a county or school district.

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