New Taxes

Two occupation taxes passed on final reading by the Plattsmouth City Council this week.

One ordinance sets an occupation tax that is equal to liquor license fees for establishments that sell beer and alcohol. The other ordinance deals with mobile telephone services paying a 5% telephone occupation tax.

The Cassgram reports that there was brief discussion on the liquor license occupation tax. Councilman John Porter expressed surprise that no bar owners or retail liquor sales representatives were at the meeting to speak in opposition because he said he had received a lot of phone calls.

City Administrator Erv Portis reminded council members that the city doesn’t receive any money from the state-imposed liquor license fee. It all goes to the school district, and that the $4000 raised from the new occupation tax barely covers the city’s administrative and policing costs associated with liquor licenses. Porter and the other five members present at the meeting voted to suspend the rules and approve the ordinance on final reading.

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