Here’s what happened in local elections around Nebraska

November 10, 2018

Here’s a look at the outcomes of some of Tuesday’s races in Nebraska communities:

Scribner tightens employment rules

Voters in an eastern Nebraska community have decided to bar employing or renting residences to people living in the U.S. illegally.

The proposed ordinance in Scribner was approved by more than 69 percent of voters Tuesday. The Scribner City Council voted in July to put the issue on the general election ballot.

The push for such rules came as the area prepares for an influx of workers for Costco’s new chicken processing plant in neighboring Fremont. The Costco plant will employ 1,000 workers when it opens next year and could change the face of Scribner, known to be a predominantly white farm town.

-- The Associated Press

Beatrice sales tax for fire station

Beatrice voters approved a half-cent sales tax that will generate about $1 million annually to build a new fire station.

The city has used its auditorium as a fire station since 1965, a move that was intended to be temporary at the time. Since then, the fleet of rural and city fire rigs housed there has grown from five to 14 vehicles.

Beatrice’s current city sales tax is 1.5 percent, and will be raised to 2 percent, for a total of 7.5 percent when combined with the state sales tax. The city says the half-cent tax will be removed once the station is paid off, in about 10 years.

— Beatrice Daily Sun

Wahoo bond issue for school improvements

Voters in the Wahoo school district soundly defeated a proposed $26 million bond issue.

Final vote totals from Saunders County, which were delayed until Wednesday morning, showed 63.4 percent in opposition.

The project included an addition to the high school, including classroom space, a gymnasium, an expanded food service area and a media center.

The district also planned to use bond funds to relocate its football field and track, which officials say is over 40 years old.

According to the Wahoo Newspaper, the bond issue would have required an additional property tax levy of 8 cents per $100 in valuation. Superintendent Brandon Lavaley said the levy would replace a bond debt payment for elementary school construction to be paid off in 2020.

-- Lincoln Journal Star

Close race on sales tax question

A proposal to hike the city sales tax rate in Eagle from 1 percent to 1.5 percent was narrowly defeated.

Election results from Cass County showed 179 votes against the resolution and 171 votes for.

The additional sales tax revenue was designated to pay for capital improvement projects in the village east of Lincoln.

-- Lincoln Journal Star

Election results

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