As the city of Scottsbluff looks to begin budget discussions, City Manager Nathan Johnson says sales tax revenues, which comprise 85% of the general budget, are still lagging.
Johnson said, “Our sales tax is still a little down from last year’s numbers, although we budgeted a substantial shortfall for this year. So we are better than what we budgeted, but are still down about $31,000 year to date.”
Johnson says a slumping ag economy impacted by low commodity prices, tariffs, and troublesome trade agreements are impacting sales tax along with online sales.
Johnson says the council is committed to retaining services and taking care of existing employees, but it appears unlikely current vacancies for city planner or parks director will be filled.