Following voter approval of Proposition 1 on the primary election ballot, the Gering City Council Monday night approved the enacting ordinance that will put the half-cent sales tax for infrastructure into effect.
Before they did so, the council and mayor thanked members of the Gering Grassroots Committee for their efforts encouraging voters to approve the measure.
Mayor Tony Kaufman said it really was a tough environment for the group to do self-less job asking residents to vote yes. “I think they did a tremendous job, making themselves available at any and all hours, putting signs out, meeting with civic organizations, getting design work done, and meeting with people one-on-one,” said Kaufman. “I can’t say enough how appreciative we are as a community, and as myself, on behalf of the Council, with the job you guys did. It was really tremendous, and we can’t thank you enough.”
Kaufman said as federal and state funding has dried up for infrastructure projects the past several decades, it comes down to the local level when funding is needed in rural communities for improvements that maintain and promote our quality of life.
The Council waived the required three readings for the resolution before voting unanimously approving the ordinance that will make the sales tax increase effect October 1.