Omaha Could Lose Power To Increase Sales Tax

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

The city of Omaha could lose its power to ask voters for a local option sales tax increase, under a measure backed by Nebraska lawmakers.

Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha has fought the new law for months, attaching his repeal measure to unrelated bills and filibustering after his initial proposal stalled in committee.

On Tuesday, lawmakers attached his repeal measure to an unrelated wind-energy bill that appears headed toward approval. Chambers' measure would only apply to Omaha.

The sales tax law was passed last year over the veto of Gov. Dave Heineman. It allows cities to raise their local option sales tax to as high as 2 percent, up from the current 1.5 percent lid imposed by the state. The increase requires voter approval.

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