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Bluffs council gives initial approval to lodging tax ordinance | KRVN Radio

Bluffs council gives initial approval to lodging tax ordinance

Bluffs council gives initial approval to lodging tax ordinance

 

The Scottsbluff City Council Monday evening gave their initial approval to a  four percent occupational tax on hotel accommodations to assist with continued declines in sales tax receipts.

Scottsbluff City Manager Nathan Johnson told the Council that sales tax receipts have shown a decline in 4 of the past 7 months, with April tax revenues currently down 7.75%

Fr. John Sorensen from Our Lady of Guadalupe Church spoke in favor of the ordinance, maintaining it was a way to diversify revenues, help the general fund, and fund special projects . Local hotel owner Terry Jessen spoke in opposition, saying there would be a tendency for people not to stay in Scottsbluff, but rather opt for Sidney, Ogallala or somewhere else.

A motion to waive three readings of the lodging tax ordinance ordinance died on a lack of a second, so the ordinance will have to be read two more times before going into effect.

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