What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here’s a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
no broad city tax on trade
November 24, 1944: There would be no general levy of new occupation taxes on businesses, professions and industries in Omaha in 1945. A new city tax of either 1 or 2 cents a package on cigarettes was a certainty. This was the substance of reliable reports at the City Hall, although no official word on the subject was forthcoming. It was reported that City Commissioners had decided against a general levy of new occupation taxes, but might place a new tax on a few businesses.
1972: A Nebraska State Supreme Court ruling requiring bottlers to pay sales tax on returnable containers apparently would give no sales tax relief to consumers. Checks with local supermarkets indicated that shoppers had been paying tax on the soft drinks, but not on the bottle deposits. The unanimous ruling upheld a decision by Lancaster District Court in favor of the State Revenue Department, according to United Press International.
1990: A plan to restrict people who speak before the City Council — and one frequent speaker in particular — had brought a warning from the Law Department. The council postponed for seven weeks a vote on whether to limit speakers to no more than three topics per meeting. Councilmen Steve Exon and Fred Conley had proposed the addition to council conduct rules. The councilmen said the proposal was an attempt to shorten the council’s weekly meetings. Tom Mumgaard, an assistant city attorney, wrote the council that “there can be no assurance that your proposed rule does not violate the Nebraska Public Meetings Law.”
2005: The Nebraska Supreme Court declined to review a lower court decision regarding the school boundary fight between the Bellevue and Papillion-La Vista school districts. About a week before, Bellevue had asked for a review of a temporary injunction against the district. The district’s lawyer, Michael Polk, had said the lower court ruling was unconstitutional because it didn’t allow Bellevue district officials to talk to state lawmakers about the issue. The Bellevue-Papillion dispute is similar to the fight the Omaha school district is waging: Both want their district lines to follow city boundaries. Papillion-La Vista filed a lawsuit in Sarpy County District Court in August to compel Bellevue to honor a 1983 agreement between the districts establishing their boundaries.