The Gering city council Monday evening approved ballot language that formally places a half cent sales tax proposition before voters in November to fund infrastructure improvements.
Concerns were raised by councilman Larry Gibbs the language might not be specific enough, but Mayor Tony Kaufman said the additional sales tax revenue could only be used for street, water and sewer updates.
Kaufman said with federal and state funding of local governments drying up, the city needs another revenue source to make needed infrastructure updates. He added putting it off would just make it more expensive in the future.
The council also delayed making a decision on a conditional use permit to allow for small cottage homes to be built in a multi-family residential zoning area on a lot at 315 N Street behind StageCoach Stop convenience store.
The council told convenience store owner Kent Ewing, who is not the owner of the property yet, had to have a legal “property interest” before making the request. The council said he needed at least a written purchase agreement or conditional purchase offer with contingencies before the council could act.