Suburbs hope to put the brakes on wheel tax


A group of Sarpy County leaders asked Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning last week to help them investigate the legality of Omaha’s new commuter wheel tax. Bellevue City Council president Carol Blood says there are state and federal laws that could prohibit the fee. The city is asking employers to collect the annual $50 fee from employees commuting to Omaha, but Blood believes Nebraska law prohibits employers from deducting wages without a state or federal court order. Iowa commuters could be protected under the Interstate Commerce Act. The Attorney General’s office is still reviewing the issue. The city says the tax would generate $2.8 million dollars annually for street repair.


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