La Vista mayor to push for half-cent sales tax hike
The La Vista City Council will be asked to place a half-cent sales tax increase on the 2014 primary ballot.
La Vista Mayor Doug Kindig said he will ask the council to take advantage of a state law that allows the city to raise its sales tax by a half-cent, from 1.5 cents to 2 cents. Voters must approve the increase.
The approximately $1 million generated annually would be used to revitalize 84th Street between Giles Road and Harrison Street, he said.
In particular, Kindig said, it would repay bonds used to purchase of the former Walmart property. Redeveloping that property, he said, will likely spur further improvements.
“All of our citizens want to see 84th Street returned to the golden mile it used to be,” he said. “I think that we can do that best by purchasing that property. If we do that, I think we'll get more and more interest from developers.”
Public helps brainstorm the look of Bellevue's future
A beltway around the metro area, bike trails, light rail systems, better roads, green spaces and a reimagined Olde Towne Bellevue.
Those dreams and goals have emerged from a planning session on Bellevue’s future.
The MAPA 2050 meeting, one of many being conducted around the eight-county Metropolitan Area Planning Agency region, involved the public in deciding what the area should look like in 2050.
Bellevue Assistant City Administrator Larry Burks, who summarized the findings of his group, said the Bellevue Public Schools should build a third high school on land formerly occupied by Offutt Air Force Base housing.
Burks’ group also said that a new library should be built in southwest Bellevue and that high-density housing, such as apartment complexes, should be built along Fort Crook Road.
Rick Sanders, president of the Bellevue Bicycle Club and husband of Bellevue's mayor, urged the creation of a greater network of bicycle lanes, for transportation as well as recreation.
Bellevue council OKs water, sewer lines south of Offutt
An agreement to install water and sewer lines serving hundreds of acres south of Offutt Air Force Base has won the Bellevue City Council’s approval.
The agreement commits Sarpy County and Bellevue to share the cost of the work, subject to certain conditions.
It’s a step toward developing land widely recognized as Bellevue’s next growth area, after a new Missouri River bridge opens in fall 2014.
An earlier agreement between Bellevue and Sarpy County hinged on Bellevue voters’ passage of a half-cent increase in the city’s sales tax. When voters rejected that proposal in 2012, the deal became void.