Gering Repeals New Motel Tax

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Nebraska Panhandle city of Gering eliminated a new lodging tax before it could go into effect this summer because nearby cities didn't adopt a similar tax.

The city council voted Tuesday to repeal the 4.5 percent tax that was designed to help raise money for a proposed sports and event complex.

The owners of Gering's two motels opposed the tax because
neighboring Scottsbluff and Terrytown don't have similar lodging

Councilman Larry Gibbs says the council believed there was
support from the other communities when it approved the tax less
than two months ago.

The lodging tax had been scheduled to take effect July 1.

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