Victory for McCook Taxpayers: City Council Reduces Occupation Tax
The McCook Daily Gazette reported that the McCook City Council has unanimously approved an ordinance to reduce the occupation tax on land line telephone users effective January 1, 2013.
The tax will be reduced from 3 percent to 1.5 percent. According to the Gazette,
[c]ouncilors originally proposed doubling the land line tax in July, in addition to creating a 6 percent mobile phone occupation tax, but flipped their position in August and eliminated the proposed mobile phone tax while proposing a reduction to the existing land line tax. During the August meeting several councilors attributed the change to feedback received from citizens.
According to Gazette reporter Bruce Baker, each of the council members voted to reduce the Occupation Tax: Mayor Dennis Berry, Mike Gonzales, Bruce McDowell, Jerry Calvin, and Janet Hepp, each received feedback from citizens saying the opposed any tax increase. Baker also stated that Berry made it clear that the citizens of McCook believed taxes needed to decrease, not increase.
It bears repeating that the change in position and unanimous vote was attributed to McCook citizens! A potential 9 percent tax increase to a 1.5 percent decrease; the people spoke and the council listened.
This is just another example of Nebraskans speaking up for limited government and economic freedom and creating positive change in their communities.