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La Vista approves Restaurant Tax

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Posted at 5:07 PM, Sep 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-04 19:19:37-04

LA VISTA, Neb. (KMTV) -- — Those who eat out in La Vista will notice an extra tax on their bill in about a month.

The La Vista City Council approved a 1.5% Restaurant Tax to be collected starting October 1. It's estimated the tax will bring in about $680,000 a year and applies to all restaurants or drinking establishments that serve food or beverages. The tax will cost about $.30 on a $20 tab.

Some residents want to know more about what the money will go towards.

"I'm not against it i think it's a good thing. I live and work in La Vista, I'm all for it. and I love how our city's growing and expanding.," said La Vista Resident, Renee Hennings. "It's a little vague of what they're doing with the money I'd like to know a little more specifics of where it's going and how our community is going to grow and benefit by the money."

Mayor Doug Kindig says it makes La Vista less reliant on property taxes and adds that it will help pay for 84th Street improvements, sewer and road projects, additional staff, and equipment.

"Because of our tremendous growth and because of added infrastructure, more programs, more staffing especially in our police department, our public works department it is expensive to grow," Mayor Kindig explained.

La Vista also added a 2% administration fee to be collected by businesses for their added work.