Nebraska Governor Vetoes “Beatrice Six” Sales Tax Bill

BEATRICE – As expected, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts has vetoed a bill that would allow Gage County to enact a half-cent local sales tax, to help pay the more than $28 million Beatrice Six case civil judgment.

Ricketts described as “tragedies”, the violation of the civil rights of the six people, that the county did not have proper insurance and that local taxpayers are facing higher property taxes because of the jury verdict.  His veto message was read into the record as the Nebraska Legislature adjourned for the day, Wednesday.

:30                  “Pete Ricketts, Governor”

In his veto message, Ricketts called attention to the fact that LB 472 allows the county board to enact the tax with a two-thirds majority, without county voter approval.

Senator Myron Dorn, of Adams, introduced the bill to help the county and its residents pay off the judgment more quickly, by using property taxes and the half-cent sales tax.

The bill gained final approval on a 43-to-6 vote, which means there could be enough support to override Ricketts’ veto…..barring a drop-off in support.

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