News from the Campaign

North Platte Bulletin: Deb Fischer seeks to limit occupation taxes

January 5, 2012

“State Sen. Deb Fischer introduced a bill Wednesday — LB745 — to control what she says is the ever-expanding use of city occupation taxes.

‘This bill is a necessary step to provide reasonable boundaries,’ she said.

The bill will require a city to put any new occupation tax to a vote of the people. The ballot proposal would state a specific purpose for the tax revenue along with a sunset date for the tax.”

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Omaha World-Herald: Sen.: Occupation tax needs vote

January 5, 2012

“Citizens sometimes complain about the ‘hidden’ occupation taxes on restaurant and hotel bills, and a Valentine state senator plans to address that in 2012.

Sen. Deb Fischer said she will introduce legislation Wednesday — the first day of the 2012 session — to require a public vote before a city can impose an occupation tax.

Such a vote is already required when a city imposes a local sales tax, but occupation taxes on things like restaurant, bar and hotel bills can now be enacted without voter approval.

‘Elected officials ought to be more forthright with their constituents,’ Fischer said”

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