- Associated Press - Saturday, October 29, 2016

GERING, Neb. (AP) - Gering voters will decide whether to add a half-cent city sales tax when they head to the polls on Nov. 8.

The Scottsbluff Star-Herald reports (https://bit.ly/2dMDM4j ) that local sales tax is projected to raise $350,000 a year over 10 years for the western Nebraska city. Supporters want to issue the tax to help offset the cost of infrastructure improvements, including repairs to an aging water system.

Gering Public Works Director Pat Heath says the federal government has ordered the city to update some infrastructure to meet new water quality standards, estimated to cost the city $12 million over 15 years.

The local sales tax would be in addition to a state sales tax of 5.5 cents on every dollar spent. Some goods and services are exempt from sales tax.

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Information from: Star-Herald, https://www.starherald.com


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