New Fire Interlocal Agreement Provides Rural Department Space

BEATRICE – An interlocal agreement required by state law after recent passage of a Beatrice sales tax increase, has been passed by local elected officials.

The interlocal agreement between the City of Beatrice and the Beatrice Rural Fire District runs for the next ten years, providing city department vehicle, storage and office space for the rural department.

City Administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer says state law required the interlocal agreement, after voters approved a half-cent local sales tax issue, to fund a new fire headquarters.

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The additional sales tax will run for ten years, or until a bond issue for the new station is completed.  The change brings the total local sales tax in the city, to two-percent.

Mayor Stan Wirth postponed action on an ordinance that formally puts in place the sales tax change, because only five of eight council members were at Monday night’s meeting.

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Wirth, who cannot vote on the ordinance, announced the city council will hold a special meeting this Friday morning, at 7:30, to act on the ordinance.  The meeting will be held at the city administration building conference room.

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