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Gering City Council discusses occupation tax for telephone and telecommunication companies

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Gering City Council was met with opposition at their weekly meeting.

Gering's City council didn't make any final decisions regarding an ordinance that would place a 3% occupation tax on telephone and telecommunications companies.

The council members say the money generated from the tax would be more than $50,000.

This money would pay for the city's part of the cost for upgrades to the county's enhanced 911 system.

The ordinance did not sit well with Benjamin Buckus, a Broadband Services Manager for Action Communications.

Buckus says he thinks the tax is a backdoor way of placing the tax on cell phone and land line users.

"The reason this wouldn't be competitively neutral, is - How's the guy buying a prepaid phone paying this tax?," Buckus said.

After deliberation the council came to agree, that the ordinance needed some language clarifications before further discussion.

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