AFP in the Fremont Tribune Fighting Proposed Occupation Tax

January 29, 2013

A great article in the Fremont Tribune highlighting the work of AFP-Nebraska activists and Deputy Director Matt Litt in fighting a burdensome new Occupation Tax.

The Fremont City Council on Tuesday will face a lengthy agenda that includes the second reading of a proposed food and beverage occupancy tax and a Fremont couple’s request to open a bed and breakfast.

The council will meet at 7 p.m. on the second floor of the Municipal Building, preceded by a 6:45 p.m. study session.

Americans for Prosperity, a conservative political advocacy group, announced last week their opposition to a proposed 1.75 percent food and beverage tax that underwent first reading on Jan. 8.

Thirty people attended an “awareness event” hosted by the group on Thursday at Keene Memorial Library.

“We’re recruiting people in Fremont to take action and to voice their opposition against this tax,” Matt Litt, the organization’s deputy state director, told the Tribune.

Litt said the tax would be “too high of a burden on the people in Fremont, and unnecessary when you’re trying to grow an economy and (with) the other taxes that are coming into effect because of Obama care and the increased payroll tax and things of that nature.”

Six people, including three restaurant owners, testified against the tax three weeks ago.

City officials project the tax, which would add 35 cents to the cost of a $20 meal, will generate about $621,000 a year.

Mayor Scott Getzschman said not passing the food and beverage tax would make it difficult to take care of necessary capital improvements.

“This occupancy tax allows the city to take pressure off of the general fund, take pressure off of keno funds, and take pressure off of reserves … and it allows us to continue making the capital improvements that the city needs,” he said.

A previous article in the Fremont Tribune that ran Jan. 25th can be viewed here.

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