State Sen. Ernie Chambers has succeeded in repealing the local option sales tax; for Omaha.
At least, Chambers has succeeded in getting the votes needed for an amendment to repeal the local option sales tax for the Omaha metropolitan area.
Chambers failed earlier this week in his attempt at a total repeal, so he tells colleagues he will take a different route.
“The effect of that is to remove Omaha from that local option sales tax authority that would remain in place for the rest of the state,” Chambers says during legislative floor debate.
Chambers receives a 30-5 vote to add the repeal onto LB 104, the tax incentives for wind energy.
Chambers thought he had the votes for a total repeal, falling only one vote short last week with a supporter missing from the legislative chamber. A move to reconsider the vote succeeded, but the votes weren’t there for reconsideration on Monday. Chambers blamed the lobbying against his measure by the League of Nebraska Municipalities.
Unable to secure a total repeal of the local option sales tax that passed only last year, Chambers settles for a partial repeal.
“I will do everything I can to protect the people in Omaha who are burdened down by taxes now and, especially, the ones that I designate the poor and this is one of the steps being taken in that direction,” Chambers states.
AUDIO: Sen. Ernie Chambers moves to repeal local option sales tax for Omaha metro area. [6:30]