Gering Mayor Tony Kaufman believes the “timing was not right” when discussing why an initiative for an extra half cent of sales tax to fund infrastructure improvements was not approved by voters Tuesday.
Kaufman says a number of people , including those on fixed income, are facing rising medical and energy costs, and the request for an additional tax was not something they could afford at this time
Kaufman says he’s not upset or disappointed and the city can still move on as they slowly make necessary improvements.
But Kaufman says passage of the tax would have allowed Gering an opportunity to bond a number of projects in order to catch up. Kaufman says the city may consider putting the initiative before voters again in a couple years when hopefully economic circumstances are differences