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Two of our pals in Lincoln — Joe Duggan and Paul Hammel — report that similar efforts, aimed at all Nebraska cities, failed twice earlier this legislative session. But a late 30-5 vote on Tuesday gives Chambers a victory on his third attempt to repeal his city’s taxing authority.
“This is a righteous and just vote that was taken today, and it removes a cloud from above the heads of poor and limited-income people,” Chambers said afterward.
The City of Omaha’s official position was to retain the taxing authority, which the Legislature passed last year over the governor’s veto. Omaha elected officials have not yet sought to increase the sales tax, which would require a vote of the people. The amendment was attached to a bill providing incentives for wind energy, which must now pass final reading and obtain Gov. Dave Heineman’s signature before it becomes law.
The council again reduced the scale of the proposed tax. Instead of adding 4.5 percent to local gross sales of tobacco products as planned, the council approved a 3 percent tax after considering tobacco sales data provided by Phillip Morris. We’ll post more soon about the dueling revenue projections.
“It’s taxing tobacco to care for those who would develop cancer from it and provide the best research possible, while at the same time having a huge economic impact,” Jerram said. Not everyone is on board with the idea, however.
We expect to get our first look at the proposed ordinance’s language sometime next week.
Smokers and non-smokers: what do you make of this idea?
The City Council made an effort to negate salary increases quietly awarded to some top city officials, eliminated money set aside by Mayor Jim Suttle’s administration for an extra city lobbyist and produced some $1.5 million to finance a handful of efforts. The city’s overall budget was still approved Tuesday.
Suttle accepted the council’s budget adjustments and said he’ll honor its desire to withhold salary increases. We’re still waiting to hear details as to how that will work. Though salary bumps for some department directors were first included in the 2013 budget, many of them went into effect in January without the public’s knowledge.
Other council-sponsored amendments also produced some $1.5 million to finance a handful of efforts, including demolishing more condemned houses and bolstering street resurfacing.
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Will the shelters be available to the public for personal use?
Fireman who put is in debt and calls himself "Fire Jean." Your bloated cont
311 works great here in NYC.
If I see something that needs fixing, I mak
Or... the Chamber of Commerce could raise the $35 Million from its members,
Double taxation? So any project using state and local funds is double taxa
How long has Omaha had a AAA bond rating?
How many large municipalities
Way to go Jean Stothert! Your shortsighted decision to commandeer the fire
I think it's a logical idea. Putting tax on tobacco which causes cancer is
Will gov't ever have enough of our money? When does it stop?
Ed, Good to shake your hand at Dundee Days. Just a brief note that we need