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Johnson: No administrative expenses will be taken from LB 357 ballot initiative

Johnson: No administrative expenses will be taken from LB 357 ballot initiative

Scottsbluff City Manager Nathan Johnson says residents do not need to be concerned that any of the money raised by the city’s LB 357 ballot initiative will go toward administrative expenses.

The extra half cent of sales tax is estimated to raise approximately $1.5 million a year for infrastructure projects in the city of Scottsbluff. State statute allows that 18% of that money can be used for administrative expenses, but City Manager Nathan Johnson told KNEB News that will not be the case in Scottsbluff.

The ballot language says the money from the initiative will  be used be used to resurface all of Overland and all of 20th Street in the city limits and Avenue B from Railway to Highway 26. The ballot initiative also specifies the money will be used for storm water improvements, completion of the city’s pathway project and an aquatic center.

Johnson says the city will quickly move on the street projects if the initiative passes.

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