It looks like there will be no fast track on a higher sales tax in Omaha.
After the Legislature gave the proposal its final approval this week – by overriding the governor’s veto – I called Omaha City Council members to get their take.
Three (Pete Festersen, Tom Mulligan and Jean Stothert) said they’re against putting a higher sales tax to a vote in Omaha.
The new law sets up the City Council as the first gatekeeper on any proposal. A super-majority, five out of seven members in Omaha’s case, would have to approve putting the issue on the ballot.
If three are opposed, any proposal is going nowhere for now. You can read my story here.
Is the idea dead? Not entirely. The Mayor’s Office plans to start talking with different sectors of the community about the issue.
So it might take more time and more debate before the issue comes before voters.