Omaha Public Radio News
12:02 pm
Mon April 5, 2010

New law aims to increase tourism, redevelopment

Omaha, NE – Voters in Nebraska cities now have the option of approving a local sales tax for tourism and redevelopment.

Governor Dave Heineman signed an expansion of the Nebraska Advantage Act in to law Monday morning. It gives voters the opportunity to approve a sales tax to attract new tourism and redevelopment opportunities under certain conditions. A $10 million to $50 million dollar investment in the community is required.

Senator Abbie Cornett of Bellevue says the new law is good for the metro area because communities need tools to redevelop and encourage tourism.

Mayors from Sarpy County joined Governor Heineman at Monday's announcement. The United Cities of Sarpy County backed the legislation.