NP voters reject 1/2 cent sales tax increase

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. KNOP North Platte voters decided the fate of a proposed tax to pay for infrastructure projects.

Unofficial final results show 67 percent (4,846) of voters voted against the proposal while, 32 percent (2,326) voted in favor of it.

The sales tax would increase from 7 percent to 7.5 percent and would generate about $2.5 million a year in revenue for improvements to streets, recreation, parks and the downtown area.

Currently, 19 cities in Nebraska have a similar tax.

If passed, 75 percent of the funds would go towards improving the roads, streets and sidewalks in the downtown area.

The remaining 25 percent would go towards improving the Rec Center, parks, and trails.

The sales tax would run for ten years and would generate 25 million dollars.

The city would then have the option to keep or opt out of the sales tax after the ten years expire.

Due to voters not passing the proposal, the city will have the opportunity to revisit the issue in two years.