- Associated Press - Saturday, May 7, 2016

NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) - Sales tax issues will be voted upon in at least four communities in northeast Nebraska during the Tuesday primary.

Residents in Oakland, Albion, Meadow Grove and Leigh will vote on local sales tax increase proposals, the Norfolk Daily News reported (http://bit.ly/1TNs9FH ). The local tax would be collected in addition to the state’s 5.5 percent sales tax.

In Oakland, the proposal would raise the city’s sales tax a half-percent to 1.5 cents on every dollar to benefit streets, police and parks. Mayor Ted Beckner said the potential increase would generate $6,000 to $7,000 in general fund revenue for the city.

“It would keep the division more fluid and whole so we don’t have to drive through chuckholes and problems every day,” Beckner said. “It’s just continuing to maintain what we have.”

Albion voters will decide whether to continue collecting an existing half-cent tax for a swimming pool and property tax relief. The half-cent portion of sales tax was first approved in 2006, with funds earmarked for the fire department building, vehicles and equipment.

Albion officials expect the half-cent tax to $200,000 per year, if approved.

Meadow Grove and Leigh are seeking a 1.5 percent sales tax.

In Meadow Grove, funds would be used for community improvements as determined by the village board. In Leigh, officials say the revenue would be used to help with maintenance and expansion of street, water and sewer systems and future electrical systems.

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Information from: Norfolk Daily News, http://www.norfolkdailynews.com

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