Mayor Chris Beutler today issued the following statement in response to Governor Dave Heineman's veto of LB 357, a bill allowing voters to increase the city sales tax by up to one-half percent:
"We respectfully disagree with Governor Heineman's assessment. Investing in job-creating projects and public infrastructure - such as the South Beltway and an airport industrial area - does sow the seeds for prosperity.
"If we can provide real tax relief to hard-working Lincoln families along the way by shifting the burden of some infrastructure projects away from the property taxes, we can boost our home-building industry and help keep our senior citizens in their homes. Nothing in the bill prohibits this approach. Until recently in fact, it had been the State's policy to lessen local reliance on property tax dollars.
"The Governor calls this a shell game. We believe it is smart fiscal policy to reduce property taxes while increasing infrastructure investment to propel economic growth."