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Scottsbluff Council Approves New Budget, Rejects Hotel Occupation Tax Increase | KTIC Radio

Scottsbluff Council Approves New Budget, Rejects Hotel Occupation Tax Increase

Scottsbluff Council Approves New Budget, Rejects Hotel Occupation Tax Increase
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The Scottsbluff City Council Tuesday night approved a $45.5 million dollar budget for the next fiscal year, one of several issues tackled by the body during the first meeting of the month.

Under the spending blueprint, City Manager Nathan Johnson told the council Scottsbluff’s property tax levy request would equal  about $216 for every $100,000 in valuation. “Our budget property tax revenues is an increase of 2.96% due to county valuations, or a total of $1,970,134,” said Johnson. “And I do want to emphasize that only $175,000 of those funds are transferred into the General Fund.”

In other action, the council voted against a proposal to increase Scottsbluff’s occupation tax on hotel accommodations from four to eight percent.

Consideration on the sale of two city-owned downtown parking lots to a local bank and law firm was tabled for the time being, and the council approved a resolution to apply for $200,000 in federal assistance from the Land and Water Conservation Fund program for building improvements at the 23 Club Baseball Field.

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