BEATRICE – The Gage County Board Wednesday unanimously voted support of a measure to be introduced by outgoing County Board Chairman Myron Dorn, which would allow counties to enact a half-cent local sales tax to help pay federal judgments.
Dorn, who will become the new 30th District State Senator next week, had requested a supervisors’ vote on the proposal, which arises from the Beatrice Six judgment Gage County has begun paying.
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The proposed tax would end after the judgment is paid off and would apply to any county finding itself in the situation of having to pay off a federal judgment.
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One intent of the proposal is to reduce some pressure on property tax payers to fund an entire federal judgment. Board member Terry Jurgens says it could help cut the time a judgment can be paid off.
The past year, Gage County began paying the more than $28 million Beatrice Six case civil judgment, while awaiting word whether the U.S. Supreme Court will hear an appeal by the county, in the case. The county increased its total tax rate to the state limit of 50 cents per hundred dollars of property valuation.
Two other pending proposals include one that could allow the state to loan a county money at low interest to pay off a federal judgment, or have the state pay all or part of a judgment.