- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

RALSTON, Neb. (AP) - Ralston’s mayor says the Omaha suburb’s residents won’t face a 34 percent property tax increase to help solve the Ralston Arena’s financial problems.

The Omaha World-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1NEf3tw ) that Mayor Donald Groesser and the City Council discussed a possible 20-cent increase to its 58-cent levy during a Tuesday budget discussion.

Groesser said in a news release Thursday that the figure was “nothing more than a comment made at one of many City Council budget meetings.” He says he will propose an increase of 2.5 cents in the levy, which would amount to $25 a year on a $100,000 house, and propose a restaurant tax.

Some lawmakers have already said that a cold reception would await Ralston if the city were to seek more state aid.

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Information from: Omaha World-Herald, http://www.omaha.com

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