La Vista Eyes Vision 84 Sales Tax Bump

By: Brittany Gunter
By: Brittany Gunter

La Vista voters will soon decide the fate of a sales tax bump to help fuel Vision 84, a sweeping redevelopment project.

A meeting was scheduled at City Hall for 7 p.m. Tuesday night for public discussion of the plan.

The question that will appear on the ballot involves a half-cent increase in the sales tax with the revenues earmarked for use in the redevelopment of a blighted stretch of 84th Street.

The worn out and in many places abandoned corridor is the target of an ambitious plan to pull it out of the ashes. WalMart and Hobby Lobby are among the businesses that have pulled up stakes and fled.

Owners of the businesses that remain are hoping an infusion of money will jump start the area and entice new developers.

Alyshia Weiss, owner of The Hair Place, said, “It's definitely something that needs to happen in this area. It's definitely an eyesore but more so it's becoming a safety issue.”

There are some people who don't like the idea of the tax increase. By raising the tax a half cent, the local sales tax will go up to two cents total, plus state sales tax.

The issue will be put to a vote during the Primary Election on May 13th.

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