SIDNEY, Neb. — The Sidney City Council held a public hearing for the renewal of a half-cent tax.

The Consideration to renew a local option sales tax proposal was open to a public hearing at the council meeting on Tuesday, July 12th.

During the public hearing, no community member spoke about the half-cent tax proposal.

The council voted to approve putting the half-cent sales tax proposal on the ballot for community members to vote on in November.

Sidney Mayor Roger Gallaway said, “This isn’t new, this is a renewal of the local option sales tax. We’re making it official now.”

City Manager David Scott talked about how the money from the half-cent tax built the Aquatic Center, tennis courts at Legion Park, and an irrigation system at the Hillside Golf Course.

“The golf course irrigation system saves employees lots of time,” Scott said.

The council agreed on keeping the half-cent budget at 50 percent going to streets, 25 percent for Aquatic Center infrastructure improvements, 10 percent to stormwater mitigation projects, 10 percent to funding for park infrastructure improvements, and 5 percent to infrastructure improvements to Hillside Golf Course.

With the street portion of the fund, Scott said they were able to level out the surface of 13th Street and redo the water line below the street to help with flood control.

Scott said because of the half-cent tax fund the city was able to redo the surface of 13th Street, level it out, redo the waterline, and add underwater storm sewage to help flood control.

Scott also mentioned during his manager notes, that OmniLogix, and Crecera Brands are two businesses that are planning on expanding to Sidney.

“Two new really good, big businesses are coming to town,” Scott said.