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Gering City Council kills telecommunications tax ordinance

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The Gering City Council kills an occupation tax ordinance at their weekly meeting.

The council killed an ordinance they wanted more information on after last month's meeting.

The ordinance would've put a 3% occupation tax on telecommunications and telephone companies.

Last time the council held a meeting they said the tax would create $60,000 to help pay for upgrades to Scotts Bluff County's enhanced 911 system.

Gering's Mayor Ed Mayo said the issue is a matter of safety.

"It would be good to have assets available so we don't have to raid our general fund to do that, and use whatever balances for public safety. Whether it's for training, or police, fire and emergency medical," Mayo said.

Council Member Larry Gibbs argued the tax wasn't necessary because of previous money they gave for the upgrades.

After some debate the council killed the ordinance.

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