DeWitt Voters to Decide One-Percent Local Sales Tax Question, Tuesday

BEATRICE – Having suffered a cruel blow of losing a major manufacturer, but now seeing a new company in town… DeWitt residents will vote Tuesday on a one-percent sales tax proposal.

Village Board Chairman Randy Badman says the five-member board voted unanimously to put the issue up for a vote.

:17                  “after year”

Badman, who along with three village board members are up for reelection running uncontested, says there are ongoing infrastructure concerns.

:17                  “lot of things”

It’s projected that the one-percent tax, if approved, would generate about $24,000 annually for the Saline County community known for being the home of Vise-Grip tools.

:16                  “just everything”

While property taxes draw a stern reaction in Nebraska, Badman feels a sales tax may be a fair approach, to helping support community operations.

:16                  “a sales tax”

The tax would generate revenue not only from local residents, but others who come into the village and buy things…..just like outside residents coming to Beatrice to make a purchase.

Recently, a positive development for the community was the grand opening of Malco Tools, a Minnesota-based company that is using former Petersen Manufacturing and American Tool Companies property, to make locking pliers.

:20                  “this whole area”

As for the local sales proposal, Badman says there’s been some discussion about the pros and cons, but not whole lot of sentiment expressed either for, or against.

DeWitt voters will make their choice on election day, at the local community center.

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