Ballot Proposal For New Fire Station, on Beatrice City Council Agenda

BEATRICE – The Beatrice City Council considers putting a half-cent local sales tax increase on the November ballot, when it meets tonight (7 pm).

A resolution proposes putting the issue on the ballot to finance a bond issue for a new Beatrice Fire and Rescue Headquarters.  If the question makes the ballot and voters approve it, it would allow for the additional tax revenue to be used to issue general obligations bonds for the project.  Mayor Stan Wirth says public input is welcome at tonight’s meeting.  The plan proposes raising the local sales tax from 1.5 cents, to 2 cents.

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Being planned is a 33,000 square foot fire station.  Several locations are under consideration, but a site selection has not yet been made.

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The resolution must be delivered to the Gage County Election Commissioner no later than September 1st, to be placed on the November ballot.

On tonight’s council’s agenda are resolutions enabling a settlement agreement with other entities on the expenses incurred for an environmental cleanup at 1st and Market, the former site of a coal gas plant, several decades ago.  If approved, it would reduce the city’s share of the cost, by about $600,000.

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