HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) Hastings voters today decided to let the city continue to charge sales tax on those who shop in Hastings.
The current half-cent city sales tax was set to expire next year and could be extended only by a public vote. The city asked Hastings residents to vote by mail-in ballot and the deadline was Tuesday, September 12th, to return those ballots.
More than 6,000 ballots were returned. 5,098 (81.55%) voted to continue collecting the tax. 1,153 (18.45%)voted to end the tax.
The city sales tax generates about $1.7 million revenue every year.
In a statement to NBC Nebraska, Hastings mayor Corey Stutte said, "I'd like to thank the Committee for Hastings' Future for their grassroots campaign to continue the 1/2 cent sales tax. The future in Hastings is bright due to their efforts and I look forward to seeing the improvements in Hastings for years to come."