Beatrice Voters Approve Sales Tax to Fund Fire Station

BEATRICE – The City of Beatrice will be able to move forward with a new Fire and Rescue headquarters, after city voters approved an additional half-cent local sales tax in Tuesday’s election.

The tax was approved by a vote of 2,132 in favor, 1,860 in opposition.  It is expected to generate an additional $1 million annually. Mayor Stan Wirth says the special issue brought out a lot of voters.

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Wirth say the next step will be to settle on a site for the new fire station, working with a consulting firm the city has enlisted.

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Wirth says he appreciates the confidence of citizens in the decision by the city council to move forward with a new fire station.  It will replace the current quarters in the lower level of the Municipal Auditorium, which has been in use since 1965.  The half cent sales tax would be in effect for ten years, or until a bond issue for the fire station is paid off.

Beatrice wasn’t the only area community to see passage of a local sales tax.  DeWitt voters approved a one-percent local sales tax, by a vote of 124 to 75.  That tax, expected to produce about $24,000 annually for the Saline County town, will be used to help keep infrastructure maintained.

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