LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) —
Cities that don't already impose occupation taxes on alcohol, tobacco
and motor-vehicle fuels would be banned from doing so in the future,
under a bill that won first-round approval from Nebraska lawmakers.
bill that advanced Friday was originally aimed at Omaha's new tobacco
tax, but a compromise will allow the city to impose the tax until it
City officials have promised lawmakers that the tax will
sunset once it generates $35 million, or by 2022 at the latest. The
revenue will help pay for a new cancer research center at the University
of Nebraska Medical Center.
Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha says he agreed to the compromise after city officials stated publicly that the tax was temporary.