Lincoln sales tax increase passes by small margin

By  | 

It was a close vote but Lincoln residents will see a quarter cent sales tax increase on October 1.

The official final results show 50.65 percent of people are for the quarter cent sales tax increase while 49.35 percent are against it.

For: 25,281
Against: 24,631

Just 650 votes separated the race.

Lincoln city leaders said the tax would generate about $13 million a year for a total $78 million for streets over six years.

In the race for Mayor, Leirion Gaylor Baird and Cyndi Lamm advanced to the General Election. Here's what they had to say when we asked them about the tax increase.

"While this is not a perfect package, it will allow for a greater infusion of resources into our roads," Gaylor Baird said. Thirty percent of those resources are to come from people outside our community who come here and spend money on our services and entertainment. So I think this is something that deserves the support of the citizens of Lincoln."

"Higher taxes should always be the last resort," Lamm said. "I personally do not support the quarter-cent sales tax and I voted not to put it on the ballot because I don't feel like we've exhausted all of our options at this point. I think the people of Lincoln deserve better."

Read the original version of this article at www.1011now.com.