Omaha allows more areas to charge extra occupation tax

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Omaha officials say more new neighborhoods want to charge customers extra taxes for dining, drinking or staying overnight.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that five developments have secured or are seeking "enhanced employment area" occupation taxes of 0.3 percent to 3 percent. Some Omaha officials worry that the proliferation of new taxes are causing confusion among customers, business owners and city employees.

The occupation taxes target different sets of customers depending on the development. The Blackstone District collects additional taxes on food and drinks, while other developments might cash in on hotel guests or apartment dwellers.

Most of the money goes to the developers to recoup project costs.

City Council member Aimee Melton says Omaha should be reimbursed for the staff time needed to calculate developers' cuts.