Gov. Pete Ricketts took to Twitter to voice his dissatisfaction toward a recently proposed La Vista tax on restaurants, followed by a demand that City Council reject it. His grievance was that this proposal would harm family and business alike.
In his two tweets, he elaborated that he believed that the city shouldn’t simply raise taxes to fuel its funds. Instead, he claims that it should rely on its growing revenue and economy to fill its coffers. The influence of this tax would affect various food and drink venues in La Vista. It could theoretically reap as much as $700,000 a year for the city.
The tax is due for consideration on Aug. 20, 6 p.m. at La Vista’s City Hall.
Mayor Doug Kindig and Gov. Pete Ricketts
Doug Kindig, La Vista’s mayor, remarked on the governor’s social media outcry. He expressed disappointment that he elected to grind his axe on a social media platform. A better idea, he adds, would have been for Ricketts to reach him privately, so that the two could discuss the issue in person.
Mayor and Republican Kindig stated that the tax would benefit La Vista’s economy. The government could use it to bankroll city services and infrastructure improvements, among other matters.
In addition, Kindig said that the governor was invited to inspect La Vista’s budget. According to the mayor, these meetings never took place. However, the two did speak over the telephone on Monday, according to an email that Taylor Gage, Rickett’s spokesperson, sent.
The Exchange Between Kindig and Ricketts
The email describes how the call transpired in detail. Evidently, the mayor expanded on his views, the governor listening all the while. Ricketts, in turn, elaborated on his stance that the government should refrain from overbearing its workers with higher taxes. This is, according to the report, a belief he strongly held from the onset of his political duties.
Kindig, on the other hand, chose not to comment on the discussion they had. His only note was that he thought they could have handled the conversation differently.
In 2019, Ricketts pulled a veto on a bill that would have created a transit service in Omaha, increasing property taxes by $17 million. It could have also spiked property taxes in Sarpy County and Douglas County. This falls in line with the anti-tax raise attitude that he has been displaying. Nevertheless, his veto was overridden.