Omaha Public Radio News
3:43 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Omaha Mayor discusses legislative priorities

Omaha, NE – Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle hopes Nebraska lawmakers will use this legislative session to address sales taxes, economic development, and tax increment financing districts.

Suttle says he and Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler are joining together to support proposals that could benefit both cities. "Those priorities are to get the sales tax option passed for all cities so that we can have citizens exercise their democracy with specific proposals being put on the ballot in their respective jurisdictions if they choose to use all or part of the additional half-cent sales tax authorization."

Omaha's sales tax is currently 1.5 percent. The state's sales tax is 5.5 percent.

Suttle says changes to Nebraska's Redevelopment Act could bring more jobs to Omaha, and help keep businesses in the city. Bill introductions continue in the Unicameral through next Thursday.